Warriors' Kerr unlikely to coach Game 1

Ashish Mathur

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated it is unlikely that he will coach Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Kerr has missed the past several weeks with an ongoing back issue.


Earlier this month, Kerr visited a specialist at Duke University to undergo a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak. Since then, he has had his good and bad days. As Kerr sat in his chair addressing the media, he was visibly in some level of discomfort.

"I'm ready, but I'm not ready to coach yet," he said. "I'm still feeling a lot of the effects of what I've got going on."

Warriors lead assistant and former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown will coach the Warriors in at least the first game. Brown was fired by the Cavs in 2010, then again in 2014.

Kerr said he expects to make the trip to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4, although it is not yet known if he will coach during those games or stay back in the hotel.

The teams split the two-game season series.