OAKLAND -– Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he’ll be ready when training camp starts next Tuesday.
Just not as ready as he would like after two full months of misery.
Kerr underwent two back surgeries, one in July and one earlier this month, as complications from the first necessitated the second. He dealt with headaches, nerve pain and stiffness, along with the utter frustration of being inactive throughout a summer after winning an NBA championship in his first year as a coach.
“The last couple months have stunk for me; I’m not kidding,” Kerr said, only partially in jest, on Friday at Warriors headquarters.
“It has not been fun. It wasn’t the summer I was envisioning after winning the title, thinking this is the greatest thing ever.”
Though Kerr does not expect to miss any time during camp, he concedes that there will be times when he is physically limited.
“I’m probably going to have to take a little bit of a back seat during camp,” he said. “We have a great staff and they’ll do a lot of the work. I’ll probably try to get off my feet more than I normally would. But I anticipate everything being fine as we go.”
Kerr said he does not expect his continued recovery and rehabilitation to affect his ability to travel.
The Warriors open their preseason road schedule on Oct. 8 at Portland. They open the preseason schedule on Oct. 5 in San Jose.