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Warriors’ HC Steve Kerr: I Fully Expect To Coach All Year

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The last three seasons for the Golden State Warriors have been nothing short of surreal. Head Coach Steve Kerr has been an integral part of this resurrection of Bay Area basketball. Hired in 2014, he led the Dubs to a championship and unleashed the Baby-Faced Assassin on the league. That was also the only season of Kerr’s career where he was able to coach all year. Following the 2015 NBA Championship, Kerr underwent a routine back surgery to fix some back problems. That led to a bone being chipped and spinal fluid leaking from his back. To fix this mishap, Kerr underwent another back surgery which forced him to miss the first half of the 2015-2016 season, where the Warriors went 39-4 in his absence. Kerr returned to coaching and led the Warriors to a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, only to blow it to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 2016 offseason still left Warriors fans asking questions about Kerr’s health and ability to coach. However, when Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Warriors, the focus shifted from Kerr to how well the team would fare. Kerr managed to coach the entire 2016-2017 regular season, leading the star-studded Warriors to a 67-15 record. However, in Game 3 of the First Round against the Portland Trail Blazers, Kerr announced he was taking a leave of absence due to “health issues.” He returned to coaching for Game 2 of the NBA Finals and led the Warriors to their second championship.

This offseason, Kerr’s back remained to be a big question mark in the Warriors’ future. However in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Kerr said, “”I fully expect to coach all year. That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”  With Kerr healthy and ready to go, the NBA Champions are ready to repeat.

 

 

About Gautam Ratnam

Writer/Editor for NBALEAD. Born and raised in the Bay. #Dubnation. Twitter: @gautam_ratnam

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