Steve Kerr isn't quite ready to return to the sideline on a fulltime basis, but the Warriors coach says he's getting close.
Kerr is still dealing with complications from back surgery in 2015. Kerr missed 43 games during the 2015-16 season and has not been on the sideline since Game 2 of the first round of this year's playoffs as the Warriors swept their way to the 2017 NBA Finals, which begin Thursday.
Associate head coach Mike Brown has led the Warriors, though Kerr has participated in team meetings. The 51-year-old admitted it is difficult to not be coaching during the games after helping put together the game plan.
"I've been in every meeting since (May 14), every film session, every practice. I address the team quite a bit," a seated Kerr told reporters Monday. "I think my messaging is important and I think we've found the right balance.
"I'm not going to be on the sideline in the game and Mike and the rest of the staff have done a great job. It is awkward. It is weird, but we're doing OK."
Because of a spinal fluid leak, Kerr has been dealing with migraines and nausea. Kerr has not yet ruled himself out for Thursday's Game 1 against the Cavaliers, saying "it's up in the air." He said he is getting better, but is just waiting for that proverbial sign from God to tell him he can resume his full-time job without any issues.
"It's coming," he said. "It's coming."
Regardless of whether he coaches in the first two games of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Kerr did say he will travel with the team to Cleveland for games 3 and 4.
"I'm going no matter what," he said.
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