Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says his back feels fine as he has recovered from two offseason back surgeries, but that he does not have a timetable for when he will return to the bench, reports Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle.
While his back seems to have improved, Kerr has not completely recovered from the side effects of the operations, including headaches.
“When I feel better, I’ll come back and coach,” Kerr said, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “...That’s the hardest thing: You don’t know when you’re going to feel better.”
Despite the fact that Kerr has been away from the team the entire season, the Warriors have played at a historic pace, racing out to an NBA-record 19–0 start.
On Tuesday, interim coach Luke Walton was named Western Conference Coach of the Month. However, those 19 wins have been credited to Kerr because of NBA rules.
Walton said that he doesn't have a problem with Kerr receiving credit for the team's victories so far this season, and he told The San Francisco Chronicle that Kerr should be Coach of the Month because the Warriors are running Kerr’s system. Kerr has also been advising Walton along the way, but Walton has been making game-to-game adjustments.