Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is taking an indefinite leave of absence as he continues to recover from multiple back surgeries done this offseason, the team announced Thursday.
Kerr underwent surgery in late July to repair a ruptured disc in his back, and he then underwent a follow-up procedure in early September. After the first few days of camp, the second-year headmaster decided it was best to step away from the team in order to ensure a full recovery:
“After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation in order to be ready for the grind of another NBA season,” said Kerr. “As I noted last week, my summer was difficult and no fun due to the multiple back surgeries. At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court.”
Assistant coach Luke Walton will take on interim head coaching duties until Kerr returns to the sidelines.
Kerr made waves last season in his first year as head coach, leading the Warriors to a 67-win regular season and an NBA title. This isn’t exactly the best way to start a run at a repeat, but expect the 50-year-old to make a full recovery and be back to coaching relatively soon.