The Warriors may have to get used to a sideline absent Steve Kerr for the duration of their playoff run.
In his first remarks since mysteriously sitting out Saturday's 119-113 win in Portland, the Golden State coach said it's too soon to tell when he might be able to coach again while dealing with chronic back pain. He did not rule out missing the entire postseason, if need be.
"I will say this. This is not going to be a case where I'm coaching one night, not coaching the next," Kerr told reporters Sunday from the Moda Center, adding that he will not coach in Game 4 on Monday. "I'm not going to do that to our team, our staff. We're hoping that in the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization, deduction, or just feel that I'm going to do this or I'm not."
Kerr, 51, missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due complications from a pair of back surgeries in the summer of 2015. He said he's still experiencing symptoms such as migraines and nausea, the aftereffects of a spinal fluid leak during one of the procedures.
Though Kerr's health improved in the regular season — he coached in all 82 games — the symptoms have flared up in recent weeks to a point where he is unable to perform usual coaching duties. He said he's consulting doctors to determine the best way to proceed.
Kerr implored people to not get back surgery. "Rehab. Rehab. Rehab."
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Warriors assistant Mike Brown, who coached 83 playoff games while with the Cavaliers and Lakers, will assume head coaching duties in Kerr's absence.
Golden State holds a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.