Last season, the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship for the second time in the past three years after 4-1 Finals series victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors were able to reach the NBA Finals for the third year in a row thanks to the performances of their superteam stars, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.
It's worth noting as well that for the majority of the season, Golden State's head coach Steve Kerr was not on the sidelines directing the team, as he was suffering from recurring back issues that have been bothering him for some time.
Kerr has been battling back problems throughout his time as Warriors head coach. He had two back surgeries in 2015 to fix the pain caused by a spinal fluid leak, and these surgeries caused him to miss the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season.
He also missed 11 games of last year’s playoffs due to severe pain in his back before returning in Game 2 of the Finals. The Warriors have only lost four of the 54 games their head coach has missed, so they're able to survive without him if necessary, but they always like him to be there when he can.
Kerr has recently provided an update on his health issue, saying according to Mark Medina of The Mercury News: "I feel better. I'm not 100 %. But I'm on a good path & feel confident I'll be 100%."
It's unclear when Kerr will be 100%, but the Warriors should be able to survive without him. It's good to hear that he's on the right path towards being 100%, and hopefully he will be back on the sidelines coaching the NBA Champions very soon.