Warriors’ Bob Myers on Steve Kerr: ‘Clearly, we want him back’
Sunday afternoon, at the Warriors’ team hotel in downtown Portland, Ore., a couple dozen media members waited outside a ballroom for general manager Bob Myers to update head coach Steve Kerr’s status.
[…] a surprising thing happened:
Visibly under the weather, he announced that he would take an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching to find answers to his chronic pain.
Myers, who has become a close friend of Kerr’s over the past three years, held back tears as he stood behind the media scrum.
During a 24-minute interview Wednesday afternoon on 95.7 The Game, Myers provided the most extensive update yet on Kerr’s condition.
Here is an edited transcript of the Q&A:
On what Mike Brown has done as interim head coach:
Mike’s seen a lot of the NBA as a coach.
A lot of people, just doing the media.
Just if I said, ‘You’re our head coach,’ the media requirements might buckle some people if you haven’t been through it.
Not that any media is trying to hurt anybody, but right now, practice today, there’s 20-25 people.
On whether Kerr initially hurt his back jumping off the bench in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals:
[…] he was in some physical pain, and that’s what prompted the initial surgery in late July of 2015.
The larger picture, which I think is what people want to know, is he’s suffering right now — clearly, if you watched his interview (Sunday). …
First of all, I was going to speak on his behalf.
[…] he sort of drummed up the courage and the ability to kind of do it himself.
If you’re anybody that has any empathy at all, or any ability to read body language, you can see it.
[…] I know we will.
[…] with the elevated symptoms, the optimistic view is that maybe what’s causing his symptoms has elevated and exacerbated to the point where it’s more visible.
The strength and courage he’s shown, I’m not sure many people would have had the level of fortitude that he’s displayed — externally, to the media, to our team.
In Portland, he met with his staff, watched film, then he was in the arena and I was in the room, so I know.
For you to throw yourself back in the fire, it has to be, ‘I’ve had a good three days.
There’s a perception that the playoffs caused this, and that’s not accurate.
The beauty of Steve and why our team has become what it has become is that he’s not the one who acts like he invented everything.
There’s no doubt that the players respect him, they feel for him.
On talking to Kerr about a contract extension:
Because we recognize who he is as a coach and as a person.
[…] I do believe in our ability, the coaching staff and our players.
There’s a healthy respect for everyone, each coach, each player, each job.
[…] in a moment like this when people need to step up, they’ve been speaking in practice, they been speaking in meetings, they’ve been speaking in the locker room.
Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.