Steve Kerr, who had quite a stellar 1st year coaching job with the Golden State Warriors, will likely be not calling the shots for the 2015 NBA champions in their opening night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
In a report from ESPN, the 50-year-old head coach at the outset went under the knife last July 28 to fix a herniated disk. A follow-up procedure was needed in early September just weeks prior to the start of training camp. The second surgery was to correct a spinal fluid leakage caused by the first procedure.
Luke Walton, the Warriors interim coach, was quoted after a practice last Monday in San Diego:
”He still doesn’t know. He’s not going to force a return. There’s no timetable still. He’s been around more lately, which is great,” Walton said.
The assistant coach bringing up Kerr rejoining the team for the last three preseason games.
Walton believes that as long as it is not a hindrance to Kerr’s recuperation, his presence on the sideline has been beneficial to the players.
The 35-year-old Walton has basketball pedigree in his blood. He is the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton. He also won two NBA championships during his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.
San Jose Mercury News earlier mentioned that Walton took over the Dubs’ coaching duties. It was after Kerr had to put up with two spinal column surgeries which required him to take an indefinite leave of absence.
“Steve just called and said he wanted to promote me, so obviously he showed a lot of the confidence that he had in me,” Walton said,
The surprised Walton who began his Warriors assistant coaching stint in 2014 revealed back then.
Kerr in the spite of the setbacks has always considered his career of being run by “luck” as he was quoted in Huffington Post back in June, after winning the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“I’ve been lucky my whole career. I keep landing next to Michael Jordan or Tim Duncan and now Steph and Klay … I’m the luckiest guy on earth,” the 6-time NBA champion proclaimed during the interview.
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