Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is unsure if he will be able to coach in the NBA Finals, as he continues to work his way back from back surgery complications. Kerr has not coached in the Warriors last 10 playoff games, all victories. Assistant Mike Brown has led the team since Game 3 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Portland Trail Blazers were not the first team in professional sports to draft Pat Connaughton. Before Portland (via the Brooklyn Nets) took the Notre Dame shooting guard with the 41st pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the Baltimore Orioles took the Notre Dame pitcher in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft. On Monday, Connaughton appeared on MLB Network Radio and said that he was “not going to unrealistically chase a dream if it appears that dream is getting farther and farther away.” According to Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles would be happy to welcome their pitching prospect. Baltimore executive vice president Dan Duquette said of Connaughton: The Orioles believe he has a good
For the second time, Kevin Durant is in the NBA Finals. He’ll be with another team, the Golden State Warriors, that’ll be favored to win for the second time in three years. Even in victory – and Durant will claim he doesn’t care what everyone says about how he got there – questions will remain for one of the league’s most prolific scorers. Like LeBron James when he eloped to the Miami Heat to get his first two championship rings, credit won’t automatically come with it. It took James returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to begin turn the page on “The Decision” in 2010 when he joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach. James led them back from a 3-1 deficit to upset Golden State