Warriors generalmanager Bob Myers addressed a variety of subjects after the press conference onMonday introducing three of their four draft picks.Among them: Status ofacquiring Brandon Roy: Myers confirmed he will meet with Roy laterthis week to gauge whether its realistic or not to think the Warriors are inthe game.Roy retired in December2011 because of chronic knee issues, but he announced earlier this year he willattempt a comeback. Myers used to be Roys agent before Myers became a memberof the Warriors front office in April 2011.Roy, 27, was athree-time NBA All-Star before retiring. If healthy, he would be a terrific fitalongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.But there are morethan a half-dozen teams interested in Roy, and the Warriors wont have thefinancial wherewithal of some of them. Myers said the Warriors are unlikely touse their entire mid-level exception worth approximately 5 million whetherit be on one player or a combination because it would put the team into theluxury tax.That alone may putthem out of the Roy running, and if not that, perhaps his desire to play for acontender. In any event, Myers will meet with Roy, but it seems like a longshotat this point.StephenCurrys contract situation and health: Regarding his contract, nothinghas changed here for months, nor is it expected to. The Warriors are holdingoff on extending Curry until he is healthy, and it doesnt make a lot of sensefor Curry to sign a contract right now because his value is at its lowestbecause of recent injury.Both sides arewaiting for Curry to get healthy. Myers said Curry is on schedule and thatthe team expects Curry to be ready for training camp in the fall.OgnenKuzmics situation: The Warriors selected Kuzmic with the No. 52pick. Hes 7-feet tall, but hes raw and young (22). Myers said he expectsKuzmic to remain overseas for the 2012-13 season.Kuzmic played inSpains second-best league this past season and averaged 10.6 points and 8.4rebounds per game.Myers said Kuzmic isalso unlikely to play for the Warriors summer league team later this month inVegas because its too quick of a turnaround for Kuzmic to rejoin his nationalteam (Bosnia and Herzegovina).Characterissue: If theres one thing Myers and owner Joe Lacob have beenemphasizing the past few days its the high-character of their draft picks,and the overall notion that those are the types of players that will comprisemost if not all of the roster.Lacob and Myersalready believe they have many of those kinds of players. But they still wantmore. Myers re-iterated the teams need for a veteran player or two. Thoughthey wont have more than 2 million or 3 million to spend, according to Myers.But it sure soundslike they wont be bringing in a player who may have some issues, as they say,or could be a distraction, etc. If thats the case, dont expect the Warriorsto be reaching out for J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, Delonte West, Gilbert Arenas,Michael Beasley, and perhaps a few others.
PORTLAND -- Still suffering with chronic pain after multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will step away from his duties for an indefinite period.
Kerr made the announcement Sunday afternoon, one day after he was unable to attend Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. He conceded the possibility he could miss the rest of the postseason.
“This past week for whatever reason, things got worse,” Kerr said from the team hotel. “My symptoms got worse. And I was not able to coach. The last few days have been difficult.
“With things getting worse, I just made the decision I couldn’t coach. As of now, I’m consulting with my doctors. I’m hoping for some improvement. If I can get some improvement, I’ll get back on the sidelines. But I’m not going to do that unless I know I can help the team.”
Assistant coach Mike Brown, a three-time NBA head coach who guided the Warriors to a 119-113 comeback win in Game 3, will serve as acting head coach during Kerr’s absence and will be on the sideline for Game 4 Monday night.
No matter what happens, Kerr said, he plans to assist in game preparation and remain involved with players and staff for the duration of the postseason.
“At this point in the season, we all have a feel for our team,” Kerr said. “Early in the season, it probably wouldn’t have been that way. It’s great that we’ve had the year together. It’s great that Mike has coached in this league 10 years and has coached in The Finals. He knows what he’s doing. The team is in great hands regardless.”
While spending Game 3 at the team hotel Saturday watching the game with his son, Nick, Kerr pointed out that some of the substitutions he thought should be made were, in fact, made seconds after crossing his mind.
Kerr said he did feel somewhat better Sunday than he did on Friday and Saturday.
Kerr has been coping with severe side effects since the summer of 2015. Though he has said his back was improved by the surgeries, a spinal leak has resulted in frequent headaches and neck pain.
Two days into training camp in September, barely a month after his second surgery in seven weeks, he took an indefinite leave of absence, returning Jan. 22, 2016 and coaching the final 39 regular-season games as well as the postseason.
But after laboring through 2016 training camp and the regular season -- often wearing a pain patch on the back of his neck -- the chronic anguish never went away, being by turns uncomfortable and excruciating. Kerr made it through only the first two games of the postseason.
He clearly was in discomfort during Game 2 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena and felt no better after an off-day Thursday. During his post-practice news conference Friday, before the team flight from Oakland to Portland, Kerr constantly shifted his body and grabbed his head.
Kerr was unable join the team for shootaround Saturday morning, and four hours later the Warriors announced Kerr would not attend Game 3.
“This is not going to be a case where I’m coaching one night and not coaching the next,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to do that to our team, to our staff.
“We’re hoping that over the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization or deduction, or just feel it, that I’m going to do this or not.”
Kerr has tried various pain-killing drugs, as well as medicinal marijuana, in hopes of alleviating his chronic pain. Nothing so far has provided consistent relief, and some medications that have helped were offset by nausea and other side effects.
Kerr is in the third year of a five-year contract signed in May 2014. His 207-39 regular-season record is the best in NBA history by any coach over a three-year span.
Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 4 coverage starts Monday night at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
The Warriors hold a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Blazers after Saturday's 119-113 win.
For the first time this series, the Warriors went up against Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who returned from a leg fracture. Nurkic started and played a total of 16:40 in Game 3.
In his return, the "Bosnian Beast" was a non-factor on offense. He only scored two points, but did grab 11 rebounds. And his return was even shorter than expected.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts ruled Nurkic out for Game 4.
Nurkic averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 20 games for the Blazers after Portland acquired him in a trade with the Nuggets.