After the first two days of training camp, the Golden State Warriors announced that head coach Steve Kerr would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. Kerr had offseason back surgery to fix a ruptured disc in his spine and wanted to focus on his rehab and recovery.
Attending Golden State's practice on Sunday, Kerr revealed to reporters that he was experiencing symptoms from a spinal fluid leak that occured after his first back surgery.
“I had a spinal fluid leak during the first surgery,” he told the media Sunday at the Warriors’ practice facility. “It’s very rare, it does happen occasionally, but it happens when there’s an accidental nick of the dura that surrounds the spinal cord. But I lost spinal fluid, took about a month to figure out what was going on, a lot of headaches, some other symptoms.”
After the leak became apparent, Kerr had an additional surgery Sept. 4 to repair the issue.
"The leak is fixed, but still getting some symptoms, but that's why I'm out," he said.
Kerr said he is feeling better.
"I wanted to just tell you guys what I'm going through, what's happened. Because I think there's kind of a gray area, people wondering what's going on," he said.
However, he would not put a definitive timetable on when he'll return to coaching the defending NBA champions.
“It’s a matter of your body sort of recalibrating,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s not like a sprained ankle, one to two weeks. There’s no telling. It’s a little bit open-ended, but everyone’s confident I’m going to be fine. That’s where I am. I’m not going to be put a timetable on when I’m going to come back.”
The Warriors should be just fine if Kerr only ends up missing a few games of the regular season. They are the defending champs and interim head coach Luke Walton was there last season so he knows how to keep to everything running smooth. However, if Kerr ends up missing a significant amount of time, it will be interesting to see what effect that has on the Warriors. Especially since Walton has never been a head coach before and former assistant coach Alvin Gentry is now coaching the New Orleans Pelicans.
But all that truly matters is that Kerr gets healthy, which it sounds like he is focusing on doing.