Warriors News: Steve Kerr Could Be Out Till All-Star Break


According to CBS Sports, Golden State Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr could be out until the All-Star break. Kerr is currently recovering from a spinal fluid leak and recently promoted assistant head coach Luke Walton is taking over the reins for Kerr.

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In the report, a Warriors’ player is claimed to have told a reporter that Kerr could be out until the All-Star break and that the team is prepared for such a lengthy absence. The Warriors are currently 5-0 with Walton at the helm and have been able to deal with Kerr’s loss as of now, but all parties involved are obviously hoping that Kerr returns sooner rather than later.

Since the team announced that Kerr would be undertaking a leave of absence back in the start of October, there have been various possible return dates for the Warriors’ head coach. Warriors’ assistant coach Ron Adams even said that he believed that Kerr would be healthy in time for the start of the regular season – a prediction that has obviously fallen short.

The news here is concerning – if Kerr is expected to be out until the All-Star break, the repercussions could be severe. By then, the team would be close to the halfway mark, and habits would have been formed. It might even be too late to change anything that Kerr doesn’t like. The constant speculation on Kerr’s possible return is also a distraction for the Warriors, whose attention should be solely on retaining the title. The regular season carries less weight than the postseason, but it is the ideal time to be working out player development, rotations, strategies, and improving team chemistry.

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That said, Walton is doing just fine for the Warriors. Off to a 5-0 start and looking invincible, the Warriors have soundly beaten every opponent so far. Walton, for a first time head coach, isn’t looking out of his depth, and seems to have a good handle and respect from the team. It will be interesting to see how he fares as the season goes on, as that’s where experience in player and minutes management comes in. The Warriors have only had one close game so far, so the jury is still out on his late-game coaching.

At this point, all Warrior nation can do is to have their fingers crossed and hope that Steve Kerr gets well soon.