Arizona Wildcats legendary basketball player Steve Kerr is returning to the bench to coach Golden State in tonight’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland.
Kerr has missed parts of the series with Portland, Utah and San Antonio while tending to complications from his back surgery last year. He also missed Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
The Warriors are 13-0 in the NBA playoffs with Kerr missing the last 11 on the bench. He has communicated with the team before the games and at halftime, however.
Kerr still doesn't sound that great. My guess: if he didn't come back tonight, it would be too hard to return deeper in the series. pic.twitter.com/ZaI5G4BFkx
Kerr told reporters a few minutes ago that he will coach the Warriors for the remainder of the series.
He is going after his seventh NBA championship ring. He won five as a player and another as Golden State’s head coach two seasons ago.
Kerr’s popularity in Tucson is a significant reason why Golden State was a runaway favorite in a poll conducted by AllSportsTucson.com last week asking readers who they favored between the Warriors and Cavaliers.
As of this afternoon, Golden State had 81.9 percent of the votes while Cleveland had only 18.1 despite the fact the Cavaliers have Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and Derrick Williams on their roster.