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Warriors aren't missing a beat with Luke Walton as fill-in coach

Warriors aren't missing a beat with Luke Walton as fill-in coach

The Golden State coaches were enjoying a retreat of sorts, a weekend in Napa Valley before training camp began.

They talked about the importance of defending the NBA championship and, sure, enjoyed some of the area's grape-and-vine trappings.

But assistant coach Luke Walton knew something was amiss. The Warriors' head coach wasn't there.

Steve Kerr had undergone back surgery during the team's short off-season and hadn't returned.

A couple of days into training camp, Kerr called Walton at 7:30 a.m. and said he wouldn't be ready for the season. Walton, approaching only his second season as an NBA assistant, would be the interim coach for a still-undetermined...

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