When Will Steph Curry Be Back? Warriors Star Is 'Perfectly Healthy' and Will Return next Month

Stephen Curry is "perfectly healthy" and will return to action next month, Golden State Warriors head coach said on Wednesday.

The Warriors lost the two-time MVP in the fourth game of the regular season after he fractured his left hand. Curry hasn't been back on the court since and some pundits have wondered whether it is in the Warriors best interest to bring the 31-year-old back in the fold in a season that's effectively been written off.

"He's perfectly healthy," Kerr said Wednesday, as per ESPN. "He's in the prime of his career. If the point is because he might get hurt, then what's the point of ever playing anything? People can get hurt any day.

"So to me it's never been a question. As soon as he's ready, he's coming back. Our fans deserve it. We need it as a team to springboard into next year, and it's the right thing to do."

Kerr dismissed the suggestion Golden State would be better off leaving Curry off the court until next season, insisting the Warriors never planned to keep him out for longer than required. Golden State has reshaped its roster and Kerr indicated it was important to have Curry share the court with some of his younger teammates ahead of next season.

Similarly, the Warriors head coach explained Curry has never put the franchise under pressure in a bid to accelerate his return, as both parties have been on the same page over the last four months since the three-time NBA champion fractured his hand.

"It's never even been a conversation," Kerr said when asked whether Curry tried to convince him to fast-track his return.

"Steph doesn't have to talk us into anything. We know he wants to play because he loves basketball, and we want him to play because we need him for the continuity to build that momentum for next year and then our fans are dying to see him.

"He's playing. He's almost healthy, he's almost ready, so he's playing. No discussion. He doesn't need to convince me of anything."

After reaching the NBA Finals in the last five seasons and winning three titles in the process, the Warriors have come back to earth with a resounding thud.

Kevin Durant left the Bay Area for Brooklyn in free agency in July—although he's yet to play for his new franchise as he continues to rehab from an Achilles injury—while Klay Thompson has been sidelined all season with a torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last year.

Coupled with Curry's injury, the absence of Durant and Thompson has left the Warriors look like a shadow of their former selves.

Golden State entered the All-Star break on the back of a four-game losing streak, which left it rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference with a 12-43 record—the worst in the entire league.

The Warriors will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season and have already lost more games this season than in Kerr's first three years in charge combined.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Miami Heat at Chase Center on February 10 in San Francisco, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty