Steve Kerr, who guided Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship in his rookie year as head coach, will not be leading his team come opening night Tuesday against New Orleans Pelicans.
Warriors GM Bob Myers announced Saturday that Kerr continues to suffer from back surgery complications and ruled out any timetable for his return to coaching duties. Kerr underwent back surgery on July 28 to repair an injury he suffered during the NBA Finals. During the surgery, he suffered an unprecedented spinal fluid leak which required subsequent surgery on September 4.
Despite the September 4 surgery, Kerr has been suffering from painful headaches, as a result of the original spinal fluid leak. “Even if you ask Steve, he doesn’t know (when he can return),” Myers said on Saturday. “Basketball is everything he’s ever known and loved. So you can relate to that. You can know he’d do anything to be out here in full capacity,” added the Warriors GM.
Luke Walton has been appointed as the interim coach. “When he first stepped away, my gut told me he’d be back by the start of the season,” Kerr’s assistant told ESPN.com. “But my gut was wrong.”
Despite not coaching the reigning NBA champions, Kerr will attend the Warriors’ championship ring ceremony on Tuesday. “He’ll be there to get his ring. (I) Know that,” said Myers.
Kerr enjoyed a highly successful career as a NBA pro, winning five championships – three with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and another two with the San Antonio Spurs.