Luke Walton Takes Over For Steve Kerr, Describes Job Completely In Nautical Terms
As you may know by now, Steve Kerr has decided to take it easy for awhile -- he's temporarily stepping down with the Warriors to give his back-of-many-surgeries time to properly heal. Kerr, the only member of the Warriors injured during Game 5 of the NBA Finals (somehow he suffered a ruptured disc), had two back surgeries -- in July, and again in early Sept.
Luke Walton, who became the Warriors' top assistant when Alvin Gentry went off to take the head coaching job in New Orleans, had this to say about the transition (ESPN):
"We'll keep this ship moving in the right direction until our captain can return," Walton said at practice Thursday.
By the way, that's Walton on the right in the photo at the top of this post. His dad, Bill, is on the left.
So the Warriors aren't saying if Kerr will be back by Oct. 27, which is when the team opens the regular season.
“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,” Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said in a statement. “We don’t anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don’t know the exact timeframe. We’ll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary.”
Podcast interview from last June with Luke Walton, today named the Warriors' interim head coach: https://t.co/YClHNDe8Bp
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 1, 2015
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