OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that he is making progress in his recovery from two summertime back surgeries but still has no idea when he might return to the sideline.
“I am feeling better, so that’s the good news,” Kerr said. “The bad news is I’m not feeling well enough to coach yet. It’s hard because I don’t know when that will be. So there’s no timetable. It’s not a sprained ankle, two-to-four-weeks type of thing. When I feel better, I’ll feel better.
“It’s very frustrating, but I am improving.”
Speaking at Oracle Arena 90 minutes before the opening night festivities, followed by the Warriors playing host to the Pelicans, Kerr said he’s feeling good enough to at least consider going on the road with the team this weekend to Houston and New Orleans.
“Fortunately, prospects for the long term are great,” Kerr said. “I know I’m on the right path, on the right track. I’m very confident that I will be back this season, and I can’t wait. It’s killing me. And it’s killing me not to be out there tonight. I’m excited to be part of the ceremony, but I’m really disappointed not to be coaching.”
Kerr said he would participate in the pregame ceremony, featuring the raising of the championship banner and the presenting of rings, before retiring to the locker room to watch the game.
Kerr plans to communicate with interim coach Luke Walton at certain intervals, whenever possible, most assuredly at halftime Tuesday night.
“I’ll have some suggestions, but I’m not worried about Luke or the staff or the team,” he said. “We know who we are. We know what we do. We have great players who care and play hard. They’ll be fine.”
Kerr said he has lost 12 pounds, partially because he temporarily lost his appetite, but has been begun regular workouts and is back to eating normally.
The Warriors head coach underwent surgery in late July and, after complications developed, again in early September. Though he was with the team when training camp opened Sept. 29, he announced two days later that would be taking an indefinite leave of absence.