News was released Thursday that Steve Kerr will be taking time off from the Warriors effective immediately to rehab his ailing back.
News had been coming out over the last two weeks about the procedures that Kerr had undergone during the summer, and it looks as if the day-to-day of training camp was causing him too much pain to keep up. There is an immediate possibility that Kerr will not be on the sidelines for the season opener October 27th as no timetable has been released on his return.
Quoted from the press release from Bob Myers - "At this point, the most important thing is to make sure Steve is healthy, completely recovered and ready for not only the rigors of a long NBA season, but day-to-day life in general. We don't anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don't know the exact timeframe. We'll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary."
This places assistant coach Luke Walton in the drivers seat for the Warriors for the immediate future and now into preseason games. Walton sports no regular season experience at the helm, but did serve as the coach during Summer League in Vegas. This exposes a hole in the Warriors management structure with the loss of Alvin Gentry to the Pelicans in the offseason, and now no coaches on the roster with Head Coaching experience in their past. The good news is the decision not to bring on more head coaching experience to the staff shows the faith and support that the front office and Kerr have in Walton, and with an experienced crew under him, Walton should be able to keep the ship afloat till Kerr returns.
Hot Take - If this were the young immature teams of Warrior's past, I think we would be more worried. This is a veteran squad with more depth and experience than even before, and with floor managers like Curry, Iguodala, Bogut and even Draymond Green out there, I don't picture a mutiny or fun while the parents are away any time soon. The timing could have been worse - it is the beginning of camp and not the start of the season when the games start to count. The only players that serve to lose out on this are the younger members trying to make the squad. Lack of exposure to the head coach might affect their playing time in the long run with the lack of familiarity. Get well soon Steve Kerr, your team will be waiting for you when you get back.