Golden State player suggests Steve Kerr could be out until All-Star break

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One thing more impressive about the Golden State Warriors' hot start to the 2015-16 NBA season than Steph Curry's insane shooting displays?

The fact that the reigning champions are doing it in the absence of the man who led them to their first title in 40 years, head coach Steve Kerr.

Despite Kerr currently undergoing rehabilitation after back surgery, the Warriors haven't missed a step on route to a perfect 5-0 record. But, according to one player at least, the team may have to get used to Kerr not being around for some time yet.


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ESPN's J.A. Adande spoke to one unnamed member of Golden State's roster who suggested the head coach may not be back with his team until mid-February.

Per Adande:

"One player told me they wouldn't be surprised if it takes him until after the All-Star break to return...And they're prepared to go that long without him."

Kerr, again according to Adande, is still dealing with fatigue and headaches and seems some way away from offering anything more than occasional visits with the team.

Ride the wave

His assistant, Luke Walton, has clearly been doing an excellent job in keeping things ticking over so far this year, but is it possible for the Warriors to sustain their form through another four months without their coach?

They may be dropping buckets for fun against all who stand before them right now, but, as is inevitable in any competitive sport, there will be bumps along the road.

Walton, 35, doesn't exactly have a wealth of coaching experience to lean back on when times get tough and a couple of 'losses appear on the schedule, or injuries arise. 

Fortunately, what he does have is championship experience, both as a player with the Lakers in '09 and 2010, and as part of Kerr's staff last season. Not to mention a roster that is all but identical to the one that racked up an NBA-best 67-15 record las season.

Plus, as we all know, Kerr was an NBA coaching novice when he took the GSW job last year.

Unlikely position

Had Steph Curry not been playing at an unprecedented level, and had the Warriors not been unbeaten on the year, the need for Kerr to rush his rehab may have been greater.

For now, though, Golden State are in the enviable position of looking like they don't actually need their head coach for half a season.

NBA fans: Can anyone stop the Golden State Warriors repeating? Can they manage without a HC for four months? Have your say in the comments below...

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