The Golden State Warriors are off to a great start as they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 119-94 in the season opener. However, they were missing one vital member of their championship squad last season.
Head coach Steve Kerr is sidelined due to complications on after he had a back surgery last summer. As of writing, there is no exact timeframe when Kerr will make his debut this season.
Fortunately, the head coach confirmed that his condition is getting better by the day and he is inching closer to making his return.
”I am feeling better, so that’s the good news. The bad news is I’m not feeling well enough to coach yet,” Kerr said via Yahoo Sports . ”It’s hard because I don’t know when that will be. There’s no timetable. It’s not a sprained ankle, two-to-four weeks type thing. When I feel better, I’ll feel better.”
”It’s very frustrating but I am improving. I’m able to physically work out now, which has helped quite a bit the last couple weeks. But I know I’m not healthy enough yet to do this. It’s a demanding job and it wouldn’t be fair to the team and it wouldn’t be smart for me. We’ll see.”
That first game would have mean a lot as the Pelicans are now being coached by Kerr’s former assistant coach Alvin Gentry. The Pelicans head coach weighed in on Kerr’s status and he wishes nothing but quicker recovery for his former colleague.
”I think he’s getting better. Obviously it was a huge concern and I just didn’t think that it would be right to be here tonight and go through this whole ceremony without him being here,” Gentry said. ”The main thing is that everybody’s ecstatic that he’s here, because he was the leader of this whole thing and he did an outstanding job as a first-year coach.”
”No one would ever have anticipated him being able to do what he did, but if you know Steve and the competitiveness that he has, it doesn’t surprise me that we end up winning the championship at all, knowing how hard he worked and the dedication that he has and the way he sold the players on exactly what he wanted from them.”