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Warriors' Kerr returns to practice for 1st time in 3 weeks

Warriors' Kerr returns to practice for 1st time in 3 weeks

Assistant coach Mike Brown has been serving as lead man with Kerr battling health problems.

This was the first game Kerr attended since taking an indefinite leave of absence in the middle of the first round because of complications from back surgery nearly two years ago.

It is unclear whether Kerr will stay in the locker room during the game, or possibly be somewhere else within Oracle Arena.

He attended a meeting at team headquarters Friday, one week after his latest procedure to fix leaking spinal fluid.

Kerr, 51, attended practice Saturday for the first time since taking leave.

The Warriors (8-0) open the Western Conference Finals at home Sunday afternoon against San Antonio.




More than anything, the Golden State family was happy to see his face and hear his voice.

Brown will continue as acting coach but said Kerr has joined the coaching staff for early meetings the past few days.

Plus, he already has made a solid mark on this team and, as with the first two rounds, the Warriors are locked in and ready to rumble, whether it is Brown or Kerr calling the plays. It is a good sign to see him back with the team, even if it is in the locker room.

But his ability to show up to the coaches' meeting and practice is a great sign for the Warriors' chances against the Spurs. "Hopefully he's feeling better".

With the Golden State down by 20 and playing poorly in Game 1 of the National Basketball Association playoffs Sunday, one could only wonder if the locker room talk at halftime would rattle the rafters.

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