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Steve Kerr's status still unclear as the regular season approaches

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The Warriors have not specified when their coach might return to the sidelines.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Kerr is still suffering.

Having undergone two different offseason back operations (the first of which caused the leakage of spinal fluid, which was fixed in the second operation), Kerr took an indefinite leave of absence earlier this preseason.

Initially, it looked as though he would be back in time for the start of the regular season. But now, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ethan Sherwood Strauss, Kerr's position on the bench on opening night is no longer a guarantee.

From the article:

"Although the Warriors have repeatedly stressed that no one can forecast how long it will take Kerr to recover, one source close to the situation conceded over the weekend that the team is bracing for the possibility that the coach will be unavailable 'for a little while.'"

The Warriors' coach has improved enough physically that he is currently with the team on their preseason swing through Southern California, but little is guaranteed beyond that.

Luke Walton, who also coached the Dubs' Summer League squad, is confident that he can get the job done if Kerr is unavailable for the start of the season.

"Obviously this team's preference is to have Steve coach Tuesday night, but the last couple weeks I feel like I'm comfortable now. If you told me two weeks ago that Steve's out no matter what for the first regular-season game, I probably would not have slept much. But I feel fine and confident doing that if it's required next week."

First regular season game is against the Alvin Gentry-led New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, October 27th, a little more than a week from today.