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.
Kerr has not coached the Warriors since round one of the NBA playoffs this season due to recurring back trouble.
Mike Brown has filled the void in Kerr's absence as the Warriors prepare to lock horns with the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
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.
"It's great any time you can hear his voice, see his face," Warriors guard Steph Curry said.
"He's obviously been doing his homework in between his down times helping us get prepared for this series and you know he misses being around for the day-to-day routine and the atmosphere, practice, locker room and games and all that. His 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.
"He looks good," Brown said. "We started meeting here at 09:30 [local time] and he was here at 9:30, was here throughout the coaches meeting and was here throughout practice. We came in at 08:30 [Friday], a little bit earlier, and he was here for that, too."
Despite Kerr's recent activity, there is no current timetable for his return.
"I'll just coach until they tell me otherwise," Brown said. "When they tell me otherwise, I'll do the otherwise.
"There's a chance he may be [on site Sunday for game one against the Spurs]. Obviously, if he's there, and I get asked, I'm going to say whether he was there or not. But we hope he is."