Steve Kerr had second back surgery after spinal fluid leak
Steve Kerr took a leave of absence last week from the Golden State Warriors to recover from his second back surgery of the offseason. The reason for the second surgery might creep you out.
The Warriors head coach ruptured a disk in his back during the NBA Finals and had surgery on his back in late July. He had a second surgery in September, which led him to take some time off from the team entering training camp.
Kerr was at Warriors practice Sunday and told reporters that he suffered a spinal fluid leak caused by the first surgery, which led to the second surgery. He said he was having headaches and it took a month for them to figure out the cause of the issue, which turned out to be the leak. That just does not sound good.
After hearing the reason for the second surgery, it’s completely understandable why Kerr is taking time off to recover. According to ESPN’s Ethan Strauss, Kerr says he is feeling better but is not giving a timetable on when he will return.
At least the coach is maintaining a sense of humor despite his health concerns:
Steve Kerr said his body is recalibrating while he takes his leave of absence. He's still dealing with headaches and said he's "bored."
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) October 11, 2015
Luke Walton has taken over as the team’s head coach during Kerr’s absence. The Warriors open their season on Oct. 27 and hope to have Kerr back on the bench by then.
What’s pretty incredible is that the severe back injury did not keep Kerr from coaching his team to the NBA title, or from partying like a rockstar after winning it all.