W's Riley: NBA draft likely to be heavy on Euros

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W's Riley: NBA draft likely to be heavy on Euros

May 17, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

The NBA's draft lottery will take place on Tuesday night at 5:30, with owner Joe Lacob representing the Warriors on stage in Secaucus, N.J. The Warriors have been in the NBA's draft lottery 20 times since 1985, the year of the first one.Here's what we know going in -- This is not considered a strong draft. In fact, it's considered among the weakest in recent memory. There are no franchise-changers, no dominant big men and few sure things.BREAKDOWN: Warriors' history in the NBA draft lottery
Warriors general manager Larry Riley said because it's not a big-time draft for college players, expect to see more foreign players selected this year.
"The draft is probably going to be a little top-heavy in foreign players," Riley said. "The impact of the foreign players are going to be felt more because the college draft isn't quite as good, for two reasons."It was a little bit of a light crop anyway and we've had a number of significant players who have decided to return to college for next season. So, you're going to feel the impact of the European player this year as far as the draft goes. What you hope if you get one of them is that you'll feel the impact on the floor over the next few years."-- Raymond Ridder, the Warriors' executive director of public relations, will be the team's representative at the actual lottery drawing -- in the back room. The lottery procedure takes place before the nationally televised broadcast and in a different place from the studio.Lacob will be on stage, with 13 other team representatives.-- Not that it will be affected on Tuesday, but the Warriors also will have a second-round pick once the June 23rd NBA draft rolls around. Golden State will have the No. 44 overall selection, a pick from Phoenix that came via Chicago.-- While there is no consensus No. 1 pick, most feel it could be Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. Riley said he puts Irving in the same category as John Wall, whom Washington selected with the No. 1 pick a year ago, in terms of talent and ability."I would say yes," said Riley when asked if he was as good as Wall. "He's pretty good, deserving of consideration for being the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. No doubt about it."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr out indefinitely with chronic pain

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr out indefinitely with chronic pain

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.

Blazers big man Nurkic ruled out for Game 4 vs Warriors

Blazers big man Nurkic ruled out for Game 4 vs Warriors

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.