No firm timetable has been set for the season debut of coach Steve Kerr but it could come as soon as tonight against Denver.
Earlier in the week, Kerr traveled with the team for consecutive games for the first time all season after suffering severe complications following back surgery during the summer.
The 50-year-old coach has been out indefinitely after he was forced to undergo a pair of surgical procedures on his back to prevent a rare spinal fluid leak.
Following surgery in July and early October, Kerr still experienced intense headaches, forcing him to take a leave of absence.
Originally, it appeared Golden State may possibly struggle without Kerr directing the team.
The 2015 campaign closed with the team finishing with the top rated defense in the league, the second rated offense and the organization won its first NBA title in 40 years, defeating the Cavaliers in the Finals.
Instead of stumbling at the beginning of its title defense, Golden State has thrived under the guidance of a 35-year-old.
The Warriors managed to win 24 consecutive games to open the season — nine more than the previous NBA record — and have posted a 30-2 record under interim coach Luke Walton.
The team ranks first in offensive efficiency, scoring an average of 113.7 points per 100 possessions, while posting the sixth most efficient defense in the league.
The team didn’t suffer its second loss of the season until reigning MVP Stephen Curry was forced to miss Wednesday’s game in Dallas with a bruised leg.
While Curry may not have been in the lineup, the team received an additional boost on the sidelines, as Kerr traveled with the team for just the second time all season.
The following night in Houston, the Warriors escaped with a 114-110 victory as Kerr completed the two-game road trip with the team, the first time he spent more than one game away from Oakland with the team.
Kerr was in attendance at the Staples Center on Nov. 19 as Golden State defeated the Clippers 124-117.
At the start of December, Kerr told reporters he was still suffering from intense headaches, but he was nearly ready physically to keep up with the grind of an NBA season.
There is no definitive time set for his return, as Kerr won’t accept any interview requests until he resumes coaching duties, according to a Warriors spokesman, but the first game of a new year is as good of a time as any for Kerr to join the rejoin team.