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He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals

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			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals		

	
	

	
				
			He’s back: Warriors’ Steve Kerr will return to coach Game 2 of NBA Finals

 

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr is returning to the bench for the Warriors and will coach in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

The news broke from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne about five minutes before the scheduled pre-game news conference with the Warriors coach and he confirmed it when he took to the podium with a smile and jokingly asked, “Any questions?”

Kerr then announced he wouldn’t answer any direct questions about his health beyond that he was feeling better and well enough to coach.

“My intention is to coach tonight and the rest of the series,” Kerr said. “I’m feeling better. I’m feeling more like I did at the end of the regular season. The last couple of weeks have been good in terms of running practices and film sessions, coaches meetings and that type of stuff.

“I wanted to string together a few good days and I did that. I’m feeling well enough to coach, so I’ll be out there tonight and as I said, the intention is to go the rest of the series. I’m excited and it’s good to be back.”

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Kerr hasn’t been on the bench since Game 3 of the Warriors’ first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers when Mike Brown took over as acting coach. The Warriors went 11-0 with Brown in charge.

“That Mike guy did OK while I was gone,” Kerr cracked.

Kerr said he made the decision Sunday morning that he would be back.

“I had an idea yesterday, but I wanted to see how I was feeling this morning,” Kerr said.

Kerr doesn’t expect anything to change with the team now that he’s officially back on the bench. He’s been pretty heavily involved since the start of the Western Conference finals against San Antonio, having been at every practice, meeting and game and often addressing the team pre-game and at halftime.

“Nothing really changes for our players,” he said, “We’re doing the same stuff and strategy remains the same. We’ll keep it rolling and hopefully we’ll keep playing well.”

Kerr broke out his patented sarcasm several times during the news conference, joking that he would give the team a “Win one for the Gipper” speech.

“Maybe get a little teary eyed, implore them to win it for me because it’s not important for them to win it for themselves,” Kerr said, tongue planted firmly in cheek.

He also easily brushed off the talk that his uncertain status over the past six weeks has been a distraction.

“We have not lost, so that’s a good indication it was not a distraction,” Kerr said. “And what’s our record now without me? Like 812-6 or something?”

The Warriors are, in fact, 50-4 in the games Kerr has missed due to complications from a back surgery gone wrong nearly two years ago. He missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season when Luke Walton took over and went 39-4 before missing these 11 games during the postseason.

Kerr certainly isn’t at 100 percent yet, but said “I’ve gotten a lot better and I feel like I’m back to the baseline of where I was during the regular season when I coached every game.”

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