Warriors coach Steve Kerr to miss opener with bad back

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will miss the season opener as he continues to recover from back surgery.

General manager Bob Myers told reporters Saturday that interim coach Luke Walton will coach the team for the season opener against New Orleans on Tuesday night in Oakland. Kerr will be on hand for the banner-raising ceremony but is not ready to take back the coaching duties.

Kerr has been sidelined since the opening week of training camp because of complications from offseason back surgery. The Warriors do not know when he will be healthy enough to return.

The Warriors won the NBA title last season in Kerr's first season as coach.

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