Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr addressed the media prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals and announced that he will be on the bench for the first time in more than six weeks.
“The intention is to coach the rest of the series,” Kerr told the media. “I”m in it for the rest of the way.”
Kerr has been sidelined since the first round of the NBA playoffs after experiencing complications from back surgery. Kerr has not coached the Warriors since Game 2 of their opening-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Assistant coach Mike Brown has been coaching the team in his absence.
Kerr also missed the start of the 2015-16 season due to chronic pain as a result of the surgery.
Kerr explained why he was stepping away from the team during the Portland series.
“This past week, for whatever reason, things got worse, my symptoms got worse, and I was not able to coach” Kerr said at the time. “The last few days have been difficult … I was uncomfortable at practice the other day, and with things getting worse, I just made the decision I couldn’t coach.”
The Warriors lead the NBA Finals 1-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.