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Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Bloomberg Radio that head coach Steve Kerr remains out indefinitely after undergoing a spinal cord leak procedure on his back, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN). Anthony Slater of the Mercury News shared Lacob's comments on the matter 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.

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob revealed that Steve Kerr recently underwent a spinal cord leak procedure . “He had a back surgery,” Lacob said. “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 .

Apr 24, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr arrives at Moda Center for game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs Portland Trail Blazers. © Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports Apr 24, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr arrives at Moda Center for game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs Portland Trail Blazers.

More details are beginning to emerge with regard to Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr’s current health situation.

In an appearance on Bloomberg Radio over the weekend, Warriors owner Joe Lacob revealed that Kerr recently underwent a spinal cord leak procedure.

Per Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group:

“He had a back surgery,” Lacob said. “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. Hopefully it was solved yesterday he had another procedure. It’s gone on for nearly two years. Very unusual I believe. I have a medical background so I know a little bit about this. I’ve never really heard of many people having this problem for this long. We feel really bad for him, the players, everybody understands it. We just have to be in his court here and support whatever it takes for him to get back and I’m sure they will eventually solve it. Hopefully sooner rather than later and hopefully we’ll have him coaching on the court sooner rather than later.”

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has had a spinal cord leak procedure on his back and remains out indefinitely. Owner Joe Lacob updated Kerr ’s condition during an interview with Bloomberg Radio. Kerr had back surgery about two years ago and has been dealing with complications. Assistant Mike Brown took over as acting coach for Game 3 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors are 7-0 in the playoffs and have the longest winning streak in a single postseason in franchise history.

10of11Golden State Warriors ' head coach Steve Kerr and interim head coach Mike Brown head to team bus after shoot around before Game 4 of NBA Western Conference 1st Round Playoffs at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday, April 24, 2017.Scott Strazzante / The ChronicleShow MoreShow SALT LAKE CITY — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has undergone a spinal cord leak procedure on his back, majority owner Joe Lacob told Bloomberg on Friday. “Yesterday, he had another procedure ,” Lacob said in the interview. “…We just have to be in his court here and support

It’s obviously a concerning development for Kerr, who first experienced the spinal leak complication roughly one-and-a-half years ago, as Lacob hinted shared. Kerr's recovery at the time cost him the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season, and now he has missed the Warriors’ last five playoff games and counting (with Mike Brown acting as head coach of the team in Kerr’s absence). 

The Warriors have already been preparing as if Kerr will not return this postseason, and based on these comments from Lacob, that may be a very likely scenario.

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