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Steve Kerr on debilitating back issues: ‘If they can find it, they can fix it’

Steve Kerr was not on the bench for the past two Golden State Warriors playoff games due to debilitating back issues, handing over in-game head coaching responsibilities to assistant Mike Brown.

“I had no chance,” Kerr said of the difficult decision. “I had been trying everything.”

The Warriors of course won both games to finish off a four-game series sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. Kerr briefly addressed the concerning developments with NBC Sports Bay Area. And it sounds like Kerr has been left encouraged regarding what he has learned about his condition of late.

Via a NBC Sports Bay Area report:

He revealed to that in recent days he has spoken to several people who have experienced the debilitating effects of a cerebrospinal fluid leak and been able to overcome it. He says that because his symptoms have intensified over the past week, in an odd twist, that may make it easier for specialists to trace the precise source.

“That’s what the next few days are all about,” Kerr said, standing down the hallway from the visitor’s locker room. “They’re trying to find it. If they can find it, they can fix it.”

The next step in the plan is for Kerr to confer with specialists at Stanford Medical Center.

The issues surrounding this latest debilitating flare-up of Kerr’s longstanding back issues and how it has impacted his coaching career began when Kerr underwent two back surgeries to treat a “very rare” spinal fluid leak in the summer of 2015. Kerr took an extended leave of absence to recover and missed the first 43 games of the Warriors’ record-setting regular season.

There hasn’t been much discussion concerning his back issues until Kerr missed Game 3 and then announced he wouldn’t coach in Game 4, either. Kerr was in the arena, however, for the Warriors’ series-clinching victory Monday.

As it stands, though, Kerr will not return to the Warriors bench until he is convinced he can fulfill all his duties, meaning it’s entirely possible he may not return at any point this postseason.