Steve Kerr is not sure if he will return to the Warriors for the NBA Finals
Mike Brown has coached Golden State for the majority of this postseason
Steve Kerr is largely credited for making the Warriors into the basketball monster they are today, creating one of the greatest offenses ever while playing elite defense.
However, Golden State has been without its architect for the majority of the playoffs. Because of a recurring back injury Kerr has been sidelined since the first-round sweep over the Trail Blazers, though the Warriors have remained undefeated, disposing of the Western Conference in the process, without him. Even so, they would like their coach back and happy as soon as possible. When that will be? Not even Kerr knows.
"Just day-by-day," Kerr told The Undefeated's Marc Spears, when asked about his status after the Warriors completed a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night in the Western Conference finals." via ESPN
There was hope Kerr would be back sometime soon after he started traveling with the team. However, that doesn't appear to be the case as Kerr has not made sufficient progress.
"Kerr was able to travel with the team for the first time since taking an indefinite leave of absence on April 23. However, sources told ESPN that he's still in a significant amount of pain and discomfort and that his return to traveling with the team should not be read as an indication of progress."
Since the NBA Finals don't start until June 1, there is hope Kerr returns, though reports like this do not breed optimism. Mike Brown has stayed the course, but he likely would admit that Golden State wants to see its coach back.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
SportsLine's projections give the Warriors a 66 percent chance to beat the Raptors without...
It's time for the third edition of our NBA playoffs sneaker rankings
Game 1 of the 2019 Finals is set for Thursday night in Toronto
The 2019 NBA Finals have finally arrived, with Game 1 tipping off on Thursday, May 30
Our NBA experts predict the winner of every playoff round, all the way through the Finals
Get the schedule and viewing information for the NBA Finals, along with the complete results...