Steve Kerr, who had back surgery this offseason and has been absent from the bench because of it, could return to the bench for the Golden State Warriors, but there are a couple of conflicting reports on that.
First Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News at 3:15 EST, tweeted “Just had a phone conversation w/Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was at practice today. Still no timetable for a return. But he sounds good.”
Then, three hours later, Diamond Leung of the same paper tweeted, “Bob Myers to SiriusXM on Steve Kerr during homestand: “I think he’s going to test it and see how he feels.”
One would think that the report coming straight from the horse’s mouth, but Leung could just be more forthcoming than Kerr was.
Kerr has missed the entire season on the bench for the Warriors, though, it seems he’s still involved heavily with the team and is helping the young Luke Walton to guide the team through the start of the season in its absence.
Earlier in the season Marc Stein and Ethan Strauss of ESPN reported:
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. 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.
Luke Walton, who won the Coach of the Month award for his undefeated November, has to be thinking, “I lose one game!”