Steve Kerr came into the 2015 Golden State Warriors training camp hoping he was ready. He was not. Mentally yes, but after multiple back surgeries in the off-season (no way to celebrate an NBA title), Kerr made a quick determination that he needed more recovery time to endure the rigors of the season. “At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court,” Kerr said. There is no timetable for his return.
In the interim Luke Walton, 35, will take over as interim head coach. Walton, who won two championships as a player with the Lakers, takes a two steps up really. Last year Kerr’s assistant was the much sought-after Alvin Gentry, who is now head coach of Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Walton was barely second-in-command before Kerr’s back bumped him up to the main chair. The Warriors return all the key pieces of their championship roster.