The NBA is a brotherhood. It goes beyond the rivalries that may or may not exist, depending on who you talk to. As Marcus Thompson of San Jose Mercury News reported, Steve Kerr will miss the rest of their first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, and may miss more time.
In response to that news, LeBron James sent a message wishing him a speedy recovery:
In the video, James also briefly touched on how he feels after a first round sweep over the Indiana Pacers.
The issues with Steve Kerr are obviously very concerning. Kerr missed the first 43 games of last season after undergoing back surgery, and dealing with the complications that followed. Per Thompson’s report, the team has no idea what to expect in terms of a timetable for their head coach:
At the worst of this current illness, Kerr was in excruciating pain, according to the sources, and he could barely walk. It was scary because it wasn’t a feeling he’s had before.
The worst part, the Warriors don’t yet know what is going. They had to say “illness” because there are no answers yet.
Kerr hasn’t felt well all series, according to people around him, and recently it become unbearable. It is unknown if these issues are even related to his past well-known health problems.
Kerr has mentioned that missing the remainder of the playoffs may be possible. In that event, Mike Brown would likely takeover the head coaching duties for the rest of the year.
But obviously the biggest priority for Kerr is getting healthy. Dealing with back pain is one of the worst physical pains a person can go through. So hopefully he will be able to overcome this and feel better as soon as possible.