As much as Mike Brown has done to keep the ship afloat, he hasn’t done it over the course of an entire season. Kerr has. Not only can he draw up the X’s and O’s, he is the master at managing players and their egos—an invaluable trait in an NBA coach.
Kerr set the record for the best first season as an NBA coach with 63 wins in 2015. He was also the fastest coach to reach 200 wins in less than three seasons. With this seemingly invincible core, Kerr can continue to amass milestones and gain legendary status even with a bad back.
Kerr has a chance to be part of one of the greatest teams in NBA history. He can’t walk away from that opportunity.
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What does Kerr really have to prove? He’s already won an NBA championship and is considered one of the best coaches in the game right now. His health should be top priority.
Winning only helps so much if you can’t enjoy it. The pain was so excruciating that he was barely able to walk and had intense headaches. He’s tried everything from conventional medicine to yoga to marijuana with no relief. Being an NBA coach is already stressful, but imagine doing the job while feeling like your head is going to explode.
It’s not fair to the Warriors to have an absentee coach for part of the season. Even though he is the head coach, the team has proven time after time that they can operate without him. If that’s the case, he needs to take care of his health for himself and the sake of his family.