OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will miss the NBA season opener as he continues to recover from back surgery.
General manager Bob Myers told reporters Saturday that interim coach Luke Walton will coach the team for the season opener against New Orleans on Tuesday in Oakland. Kerr will be on hand for the ceremony to raise the team’s NBA championship banner in the arena, but is not ready to take back the coaching duties.
Kerr has been sidelined since the opening week of training camp because of complications from offseason back surgery. The Warriors do not know when he will be healthy enough to return.
The Warriors won the NBA title last season in Kerr’s first season as coach.