After the game, Stephen Curry acknowledged the importance of Kerr's presence and the value of his message at halftime. While assistant coach Mack Brown was on the bench for Game 1 on Sunday, Kerr watched the game from the Dubs locker room. Popovich, who talks with Kerr regularly, knows better than most what his friend has endured since back surgery almost two years ago led to complications.
Instead, it was the calming voice of ailing coach Steve Kerr that helped steady the ship. "It's been very hard for him, and he's shown a lot of courage getting through what he's gotten through". "Obviously, coach Brown led most of it, but he was present". It was reported last week that Kerr had a spinal cord leak procedure while at Duke. Kerr, who has remained on the sideline for an extended period of time due to complications from a previous back surgery, returned to the Warriors' practice facility over the weekend while attending the team's Saturday practice. He did not attend the games during the previous series against the Utah Jazz. "I hope he's feeling better".
Kerr took part in coaches meetings and talked with acting head coach Mike Brown at the end of Saturday's practice at the team's downtown practice facility. You really enjoy that, because he's our leader. "So that's good. So for me more than anything else, it was great to see him out here especially during practice walking around, talking to guys". He's the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right directions. But in the second quarter we got out of sorts.