Head coach Steve Kerr returned to Golden State Warriors practice on Saturday as he continued to ramp up his activity in hopes of a comeback to the bench.
However, some are pointing to a motivational halftime speech by ailing Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
"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.
Despite their time off, the Warriors looked sloppy in the first half against San Antonio and Gregg Popovich's squad jumped out to a huge 62-42 lead at the half.
Steph Curry said it was great to see Kerr's face and hear his voice at practice. "He's obviously been doing his homework in between". So for him to even just have the energy and ability to be here means a lot. "I hope he's feeling better".
Brown was impressed with Kerr's demeanour and commitment the last couple days.
"For me it's a little different because I hear his voice a couple times a day", Brown said. "And any time he can show up, whether it's the coaches" meeting or game, practice, it doesn't matter.
"So we're a little out of sorts because we're trying to push it, trying to push it".
The Warriors haven't given any timetable for Kerr's return. A source told ESPN's Michael C. Wright that Leonard could have played in Game 6 on Thursday night, but the Spurs decided they'd rather have him healthy for Sunday.
With the Golden State down by 20 and playing poorly in Game 1 of the National Basketball Association playoffs Sunday, one could only wonder if the locker room talk at halftime would rattle the rafters. "But we hope he is". Obviously, if he's there, and I get asked, I'm going to say whether he was there or not.