Warriors GM: ‘No doubt’ Steve Kerr will be back as coach next season
The Golden State Warriors are presently basking in a championship afterglow after winning a second NBA title in three years. But already looking ahead to next season, Warriors general manager Bob Myers has “no doubt” Steve Kerr will return as head coach next season.
Kerr of course has been battling back issues over the past two seasons, with his most recent setback causing him to miss 11 games during the Warriors’ 16-1 march to an NBA title. Kerr, after last being on the bench for a first-round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, returned to full-time coaching duties for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
While the Warriors did not drop a game during Kerr’s absence with assistant Mike Brown filling in as interim head coach, Kerr was nevertheless playing an integral role behind the scenes. And between Kerr’s devotion to the team despite extreme physical discomfort — along with his ultimate return to the bench — gives Myers the impression the 51-year-old will be back next season.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he will return as the coach of this team,” Myers told ESPN’s Chris Haynes following the Warriors’ 129-120 Game 5 victory to win the championship. “I’m confident we’ll have him back. Steve will be our coach.”
Along with his absence during the Warriors’ march through this postseason, Kerr missed the first 43 games of the Warriors’ record-setting 73-9 campaign in the 2015-16 season while recovering from surgeries to treat a “very rare” spinal fluid leak. The Warriors went 39-4 with current Lakers head coach Luke Walton leading the way until Kerr’s return.
Kerr recently received unwavering support from Warriors owner Joe Lacob as he navigated his most recent setback with his back. And it goes without saying that Kerr knows just how good he has it with the Warriors. In the short-term, Kerr has stated he’s working with doctors to find a long-term solution to his back issues. If everything goes according to plan, there’s no reason why Kerr can’t continue leading the emerging Warriors dynasty for years to come.