It will take a little bit longer before Steve Kerr puts his coaching hat back on for Golden State.
The former Chicago Bull, who steered the Warriors to the NBA championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, won’t be around for the season opener as he continues his recovery after undergoing back surgery.
Kerr is said to still be experiencing symptoms, including severe headaches, caused by a spinal fluid leak stemming from the procedure last July.
The team’s general manager, Bob Myers, told reporters last Saturday that interim coach Luke Walton will be calling the shots for Golden State when it opens the 2015-16 season against New Orleans on Tuesday night in Oakland.
Walton has been coaching in Kerr’s absence throughout the pre-season.
Kerr will be present for the banner-raising ceremony and awarding of championship rings to the players but will not be handling coaching duties for the meantime.
The former NBA champion has been sidelined since the first week of training camp because of complications from offseason back surgery. The Warriors are still uncertain when Kerr will be healthy enough to return to coaching.
“Even if you ask Steve, he doesn’t know,” said Myers.
“Basketball is everything he’s ever known and loved,” Myers expressed. “So you can relate to that. You can know he’d do anything to be out here in full capacity.”
Kerr underwent surgery last July 28. He had another procedure on September 4th after it was discovered that there was a scratch on the dura surrounding his spine and spinal fluid leaked from his first operation.
With the core of the championship team returning and functioning under the same system, Golden State should be fine while Kerr is gone.
He was present during the Warriors’ practice Saturday and will make periodic visits until he is fit and healthy enough to return to the sidelines.