Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from the franchise due to an injury to his back.
The NBA Championship winning head coach has decided to take time off to allow himself to rehabilitate and recover from two offseason back surgeries, leaving a mark of uncertainty around when he will return. The 50-year-old had surgery in late July to repair a ruptured disc in his back. He then had another surgery last month.
During his absence, Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton will be the interim head coach while Kerr is away recuperating, but his absence will surely have an effect on the side's chances of recapturing the top prize in the NBA.
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Warriors center Andrew Bogut said, according to Yahoo! Sports: "It's tough. He needs to address it now. You don't want that thing popping up in December or January again. It's much like if someone had a knee problem or someone was hurt right now, he is going to be watching practice and not doing anything.
"It's the same for Coach Kerr. We're thankful we know our [offensive] sets and have a good enough coaching staff that we can adapt on the fly. It gives us a bit of a different look.
"You can tell he is not himself. He has been here the past two days, but he wasn't moving around well and he was sitting down every five or 10 minutes."
Warriors general manager Bob Myers will allow Kerr to still attend practices, so he will still be able to implement anything he feels needs improving on. But it would be wise for him to not participate until he fully recovers.
In his first year of coaching in the NBA last season, Kerr won the NBA Championship, the first time the Warriors had won the top prize since 1975. Along the way, he coached his side to winning an NBA-best and franchise-record 67 games.