Steve Kerr: Warriors coach takes leave of absence due to back issues

Steve Kerr : Warriors coach takes leave of absence due to back issues

Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton.

As he recovers from two offseason back surgeries, Kerr has decided to take a medical leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time.

In his stead, lead assistant Luke Walton will act as interim head coach.

So, it was Walton who got to explain Kerr’s latest method for keeping practices interesting. The Warriors brought in NBA impersonator Brandon Armstrong, who showcased his impressions of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Jarron Collins and then left the players with his grand finale on Kerr.

“They loved it,” Walton said. “It was right up our team’s alley. We like taking jabs at each other and laughing. He was right on with those. It’s just another example of the light humor that Steve brings to the organization. (Armstrong) went at Steve, which the players always love.”

Briefly: Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa, who had been dealing with visa issues in Brazil, reported to camp Thursday and took his physical.