The Golden State Warriors might not see head coach Steve Kerr on their sideline for some time.
Kerr is out indefinitely as he deals with complications from a back surgery that took place two years ago, and the Warriors coach recently had a procedure to drain his spine in the hope of alleviating the pain that has sidelined him since Game 3 of the Warriors’ first-round NBA playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob detailed Kerr’s health issues in an interview with Bloomberg Radio on Friday.
“It’s very unfortunate what’s happening here,” Lacob said, as transcribed by The Mercury News’ Anthony Salter. “He had a back surgery. Relatively common procedure almost two years ago now. And had what is really a relatively uncommon thing happen, which is the dura around the spinal cord got nicked.
“And you wind up having a spinal cord leak. And ultimately headaches and other symptoms. Bad headaches. Migraines. Unfortunately, usually they patch that with a blood patch and it’s over, either in a week or month. Whatever. And in his case for whatever reason, they just haven’t been able to solve that problem.”
Kerr saw a specialist at Duke University to have the spinal cord leak procedure done, but he will not return until he is fully healthy.
Assistant coach Mike Brown has been leading the Warriors in Kerr’s absence. The Warriors are 7-0 in the playoffs so far, and they have an opportunity to sweep the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
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