Steve Kerr to see specialist at Duke University, return unlikely for rest of series vs. Jazz
In efforts to alleviate his recurring symptoms, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will miss his team’s road trip to Salt Lake City and travel to Duke University Medical Center to see a specialist, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Kerr had previously gone to one of the most renowned local institutions in Stanford Hospital to see a solution to his constant headaches and spinal complications, to no avail. His trip to North Carolina will render him unable to coach for the remainder of the series, according to team sources, per Shelburne.
The Arizona alum has been the winningest coach to enter the NBA ranks throughout a three-year span, totaling a 283-53 career win-loss record (84.2 winning percentage) for regular season and postseason combined.
Interim head coach, Mike Brown — an eight-year veteran at the head-coaching ranks — sports a 395-252 record (61 winning percentage) for regular and postseason games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
While the difference is remarkable, Brown and Kerr have shared enough time together to bond over the same principles at both ends of the floor, along with an excellent rapport with their players and rest of the coaching staff.
This connection has made the transition much more seamless than following a blueprint or concept, but rather going along with a culture that has been instilled in the organization for the last three years.
Kerr’s future in the NBA coaching world is very much on the line with these visits, given that the light, noise, and pressure of arenas in the league won’t go away and are bound to further complicate his symptoms.
The 52-year-old coach underwent offseason back surgery in 2015 due to his chronic back pain, only to have a second one to repair a spinal fluid leak, which costed him the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season.
Upon experiencing complications this season, Steve Kerr has publicly advised to “stay away from surgery” after experiencing multiple setbacks, claiming that rehabilitation is the way to go in such a delicate area of one’s body.