The Golden State Warriors today announced the return of head coach Steve Kerr effective immediately.
Kerr, who led the team to an NBA championship in his first season at the helm in 2014-2015, took a leave of absence in October. Kerr underwent surgeries in the offseason that stemmed from a ruptured disc in his back.
Excited to have you back on the sidelines tonight, Coach! pic.twitter.com/RkXptaMfQH
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) January 22, 2016
In his absence, Luke Walton coached the Warriors to a 39-4 record and the longest winning streak to start a season in NBA history. The son of Bill Walton won NBA Coach of the Month in November. Because of league rules, his wins and losses go on Kerr’s record.
The team’s record puts them eight games ahead of their nearest competitors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lead the Eastern Conference. The team’s gaudy .904 winning percentage places them at second best at this point in the season of any team in the history of the NBA but projects ahead of any team’s full-season percentage. For Kerr to help coach the team to the best single-season record ever in the league, he needs to go 34-5 in the remaining 39 games. The Chicago Bulls own the top spot with a 72-10 mark for the 1995-1996 season.
Kerr returns to the bench tonight when the Warriors host the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena.