The Golden State Warriors are still unsure about getting Steve Kerr’s services in the sidelines. Kerr is recovering from a couple of preseason back surgeries, and the fact that he toured with the Golden State side to South California proves that his conditions have improved to a certain extent.
“He still doesn’t know,” Luke Walton said after their practice Monday in San Diego. “He’s not going to force a return. There’s no timetable still. He’s been around more lately, which is great. As long as it’s not affecting his recovery, I think it’s healthy for the guys to see him.
“Steve’s brilliant at giving quick, clean messages to the players when they need it. He’s been able to do that the last couple days. He just told me I’m doing a great job, just keep doing what you’re doing; the guys are going to take care of some stuff you’re probably stressing about; we have really good players and so we’ll be fine.”
Kerr underwent a surgery in July and September consecutively to cure a ruptured disk at his back. For the past few weeks, Walton is in charge of the Golden States and is becoming more and more comfortable in the role of head coach.
“It’s night and day. Obviously this team’s preference is to have Steve coach Tuesday night, but the last couple weeks I feel like I’m comfortable now,” said Walton. “If you told me two weeks ago that Steve’s out no matter what for the first regular-season game, I probably would not have slept much. But I feel fine and confident doing that if it’s required next week.”
According to Warriors management, no one can forecast how long it would take Kerr to recover fully.