Steve Kerr's coaching career 'in jeopardy,' reports say

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Kerr has not coached the Warriors since the first round of the postseason due to lingering back pain.

Steve Kerr could be nearing return to Warriors bench, report says

Kerr has not coached the Warriors since the first round of the postseason due to lingering back pain.

Has Steve Kerr coached his last NBA game?

At least two prominent media outlets are floating that possibility, as a debilitating illness related to the back surgery he had two years ago is keeping Kerr out for rest of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Blazers and perhaps the remainder of the postseason.

After speaking with several of Kerr’s “confidants” around the league, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Kerr’s symptoms, which include headaches and nausea, have become intolerable.

"I don’t know if he can do this very much longer,” an unidentified NBA source close to Kerr said. “He hasn’t enjoyed this one bit. Even if we haven’t talked in a bit, I can see the pain on his face.”

Meanwhile, under the headline “Steve Kerr’s career could be threatened by medical condition,” San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler writes, “Kerr could miss the rest of the playoffs. Worse, his coaching future is in jeopardy. If the symptoms don’t subside, Kerr would have to consider stepping away from coaching. … Long term? It’s hard to find reason for optimism.”

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Wojnarowski surmises Kerr may already have walked away from the game if not for two factors: 1) the immense talent on the Warriors roster and 2) his relationship with Golden State GM Bob Myers.

“Few executives and coaches share the kind of friendship they’ve developed in two-plus years, and that partnership makes staying the course worthwhile,” Woj writes

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