Steve Kerr could make his return to the Warriors’ bench over the weekend.
Though no timetable has been set, Kerr is nearing a return to active coaching duties after complications from offseason back surgery that have kept him working in a limited behind-the-scenes capacity this season. The defending champion Warriors are 29–2 under interim head coach Luke Walton, the best start to a season through 31 games in league history.
Kerr traveled with the team on its road trip to Texas on Wednesday, making his first multi-game trip of the season. Golden State lost 114–91 to Dallas and plays at Houston on Thursday before returning home to host Denver on Saturday.
“It's obviously a possibility,” interim coach Luke Walton said of Kerr's potential return, according to ESPN. “He hasn't said he's going to. To be honest, I don't think he knows yet. I think that's part of why he's on this road trip, to see how his body handles the travel and getting into Houston at 1 a.m. tonight to turn around and play again then get on another plane and fly home and get in late again. So that's part of why he's here on this trip, whether or not this weekend is a realistic return or not.”
As interim head coach, Walton has not been presently credited with any of Golden State’s wins, but was named the league’s coach of the month for games played in October and November. The team’s season will be credited to Kerr regardless of when he returns, barring a rule change.
- Jeremy Woo