Warriors coach Kerr returns to practice for 1st time in 3 weeks

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"I hate Steve Kerr", Popovich said.

It was unclear whether the 51-year-old Kerr would watch the Warriors from the arena for Sunday's Game 1 or stay home. He's now recovering from the latest procedure to alleviate debilitating back pain stemming from the botched back surgeries that caused him to miss the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season.

However, some are pointing to a motivational halftime speech by ailing Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

"It's great any time you can hear his voice, see his face", said Curry.

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Seeing the reigning National Basketball Association coach of the year on the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks had acting Golden State coach Mike Brown in great spirits. But everyone was undoubtedly relieved to see him ambulatory on Saturday during practice - somewhat active, even - walking the court and talking to players.

Desperate for an end to the head and neck pain that has long plagued him, Kerr underwent a spinal cord leak procedure May 5 at Duke University. "Hopefully, he's feeling better".

"The more he can be around, the more he can address the team, the more he can participate in practice and film sessions, we love it", said acting head coach Mike Brown.

But Kerr could soon be back, as he has been present for coaches meetings the past two days and spoke with Brown following Saturday's practice. He did not attend the games during the previous series against the Utah Jazz. He's the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right directions. The Warriors came from 22 down in the second quarter to win the finale, 110-98 on March 29 in San Antonio.