Fresh off a championship run as a rookie head coach, Steve Kerr’s sophomore campaign will not begin as smoothly. Just as training camp opens up, the Warriors announce that Kerr will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team to deal with back issues. He’s had two back surgeries this summer and needs more time to recoup.
Luke Walton (yes, Luke Walton) will be taking over until Kerr is back healthy again.
The Golden State Warriors announced today that Head Coach Steve Kerr, who underwent surgery on his back to repair a ruptured disc in late July and a follow-up surgery in early September, will take a leave of absence from the team as he continues with rehabilitation and the recovery process. The length of Kerr’s absence is unknown and will be based on his progress.
“At this point, the most important thing is to make sure Steve is healthy, completely recovered and ready for not only the rigors of a long NBA season, but day-to-day life in general,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “We don’t anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don’t know the exact timeframe. We’ll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary.”