Report: Warriors 'aggressive suitors' for Howard

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Report: Warriors 'aggressive suitors' for Howard

The Warriors have reportedly emerged as aggressive suitors for Orlando center DwightHoward.Yahoo! Sports, citing league sources, says the Warriors are even willing todeal for Howard as a rental for 2012 with the plan to sell him on a long-termdeal to stay in the Bay Area beyond this season.Howard has an opt out clause after this season.
Howard, 26, previously told the Magic that he would only sign contractextensions with the Nets, Mavericks or Lakers. So which Warriors players might be intriguing to the Magic in this scenario?RELATED: Dwight Howard 2011-2012 game logs
Warriors starting point guard Stephen Curry (currently sidelined with an ankle injury), and shooting guard Monta Ellis. Plus, the Magic could beinterested in Golden State picking up the 34million remaining on Hedo Turkoglus contract. The report also says the Warriors would deliver Orlando a first round draft pick.
TheWarriors first round pick in 2012 is owned by the Utah Jazz in (via the Nets fromMarcus Williams trade), but the Warriors would offer their next availablefirst-rounder.What do you think, Warriors fans? Could Joe Lacob pull this deal off andmanage to keep the leagues best center by the Bay for years to come? Would yoube willing to deal players like Ellis & Curry plus draft picks with only the possibilitythat Dwight Howard might be willing to stay?Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com as the Dwight Howard story develops,and tune in to SportsNet Central tonight and every night at 6, 10:30pm andmidnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Geoff James is a web producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter: @GeoffJamesCSN

Sources: In agony, Kerr had difficult time keeping up with Warriors' Game 3 win

Sources: In agony, Kerr had difficult time keeping up with Warriors' Game 3 win

PORTLAND -- Steve Kerr was in such agony Saturday that he found little comfort even while watching from the team hotel as his Warriors pulled out a playoff victory over Trail Blazers, multiple sources told NBCSportsBayArea.com.

The pain is so intense that Kerr even had difficulty keeping up with the game. Moreover, it may be a while before he’s able to return to full-time coaching duties.

Assistant Mike Brown served as acting head coach in a 119-113 win over Portland in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

“He’s obviously going through a lot physically,” Stephen Curry said of Kerr after the game, “and that’s first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure he’s on the road to recovery and feeling like himself.”

Kerr was in obvious discomfort Friday, when he met with the media for his post-practice news conference. Though he made the flight to Oregon with the team Friday afternoon, he was not able to attend shootaround Saturday morning. It was the second time this season that Kerr missed a shootaround, the first coming March 2 in Chicago.

By Saturday afternoon, the Warriors were announcing he would not coach Game 3.

It was not a great surprise to those who work closely with Kerr.

“He’s suffering,” said one person close to Kerr.

“He hadn’t been feeling well for a couple days, so I knew it would be a possibility,” Brown said before the game.

Kerr continues to cope with debilitating side effects from multiple back surgeries in the summer of 2015. He took a leave of absence last season, missing nearly all of training camp and the first 43 games of the regular season before returning.

Both the symptoms have persisted. Kerr still cannot do many of the things he loves, he acknowledged to NBCSportsBayArea.com, such as play golf. Though his back is somewhat improved, he still experiences severe headaches and neck pain.

The worst part about the discomfort is its consistency. It’s nagging at him every day and night, sometimes more severe than others.

It has gotten worse in recent days, though. It is conceivable, even likely, according to those close to Kerr, that he will miss Game 4 Monday night.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win.