Missing the first quarter of the season due to offseason back surgery, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is still unsure when he will return to the bench. However, over the next two weeks, Kerr is preparing for a return by taking a more active role in Golden State’s practices.
From ESPN’s Marc Stein:
After missing his team’s first 25 games of the season, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr plans to increase his workload during their upcoming five-game homestand in hopes of proving he can handle the rigors of an eventual return to the bench this season.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers, while stressing that there remains no timetable for a return to game coaching for Kerr in the wake of complications stemming from two offseason back surgeries, told ESPN on Tuesday that Kerr plans to be more vocal and active on the practice floor over the next two weeks to “test” his readiness for a full-fledged return to the job.
With the Warriors leading the league with a 24-1 record and playing exceptional basketball under interim coach Luke Walton, there is no pressure on Kerr to return anytime soon.
Slowly working his way back with practices seems like a smart move Kerr, especially since his long-term health is more important than anything else.
Kerr can treat this upcoming two weeks of practices just like a player. If he can handle the physical stress of standing without any pain or discomfort, then Kerr should be able to make a return sooner rather than later.