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Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr Taking Leave of Absence Following Back Surgery

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is coming off the greatest rookie head coaching run in NBA history, but it looks like he may not be manning the bench for the Warriors on opening night as he is set to take a leave of absence following multiple back surgeries this summer.

Kerr hurt his back in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and hasn’t been the same since. There is no timetable for his return. Via ESPN:

“After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation in order to be ready for the grind of another NBA season,” Kerr said in a statement. “As I noted last week, my summer was difficult and no fun due to the multiple back surgeries. At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court.”

Kerr ruptured a disk in his back during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He has had two surgeries to repair the injury, one on July 28 and another on Sept. 4.

The Warriors said they don’t know how long Kerr will be out.

“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,” general manager Bob Myers said. “We don’t anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don’t know the exact time frame. We’ll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary.”

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