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The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:29 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 12:40 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Most times, when a new owner comes in, a little house-cleaning begins. But that's typically after keys have exchanged hands. Not the case for Warrior co-owner-to-be Joe Lacob who said he's ready to start tearing down walls now .

In an interview KNBR and via Marcus Thompson of InsideBayArea.com, Lacob says the Nellie era is done. The question is, does this happen this year or next?

"It's not really whether Nellie is here this year or not. He's not going to be here beyond this year, that is clear," Lacob said. "His contract ends and I could tell you, he would tell you, this is last year IF he coaches. We are going to be thinking about the future. The only question is when we begin that future and whether this is the right thing to have him coaching during this period. We'll have to make that decision."

Don Nelson, who is the NBA's all-time winningest coach, has his contract expire after next season. Lacob said he prefers a younger coach and mentioned specifically Scott Brooks for the Thunder. He didn't mention Brooks as a candidate for the Warrior job, but just as an example of the type of coach Lacob is interested in.

As for the process of these decisions, Lacob explains: "We're not going to be rash, we're not jump to conclusions. We're not going to do crazy things because the media wants change or some fans on the Internet want change. I am going to listen to all those things because I think the image is important."

If Lacob wants to make a move on Nellie now, which from the tone of the interview it sounds like he does, it would have to be done in September. That means a coaching search would start literally weeks before training camp beings. That would be, um, pretty wild. But surely Lacob doesn't want a lame duck year under Nellie. I think the ownership group would almost sacrafice a little organization in favor of getting their guy in sooner than later. But at the same time, the coaching pool would be more limited now than it would be next year.

It's an interesting question and definitely something to keep an eye on.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:37 pm
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

waynelee, amen to the post.  An owner should know better and to treat your coach this way in public,  what a wonderful way to attract someone to your organization.  perfect post



Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 6:02 pm
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

I'd like to hear about the Joe Lacob era.

Don Nelson won alot games at Golden State.
Golden State knocked Dallas out of the playoffs a few years ago.
Name amother Golden State coach that won a playoff series.
Name another Golden State coach besides PJ whatever his name was.
Most NBA players cannot coach.
Many people say that's true and Don Nelson is a good example.
Nelson may not be the best coach, but he won alot of games.

Let's see how many games are won during the Joe Lacob era.



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:20 am
 

feedback on randolph

posted this in the wrong place...here it is again.


Yes you should be looking forward to a front court featuring Amare and Randolph.  To be honest, I think Knicks fans willl soon see that acquiring Randolph was actually the BIGGER and BETTER move than acquiring Amare.  Randolph is definitely a superstar in the making caught in Nellie's dimentia as you put it.  I've been a die hard golden state fan for 20 years of the 26 that I have been alive.  I have lived through both Nellie eras and the abysmal 1-16 (playoff years made/playoff years not made) of the Cohan era.  I lived through the Webber trade, the sprewell choking, the botched draft picks, the loss of Baron Davis, and the continuous losing.  My fandom as a true Warrior die hard has been tested and I have never wavered.  However, this offseason, my fandom came shattering down once the AR trade happened.  It was the final straw for me.  A lame duck GM (Larry Riley) wrecklessly traded away a future franchise corner stone so that he could make a splash and hopefully land a future job in the NBA because his days are numbered as Warrior's GM with the ownership transition.  I am no longer a Golden State Warrior fan.  The only thing that could have made me reach this breaking point was trading away Randolph or Curry in a deal such as this.  The only guys I would accept back in a package deal featuring Randolph are Lebron, Durant, Howard, and thats it.

You should be very, very, very, very excited about being a fan of the team that employs Anthony Randolph.  He is the real deal and the Knicks will benefit and be on the other end of an "Isiah Thomas" like trade committed by the Warriors.  Must be refreshing, Lord knows you guys deserve it.  I wish AR the best.  Be patient with him (Nelly was not and Warrior fan's bought into it and believed the same man that ran Chris Webber out of town for freaking Gugliotta).  Randolph has been given no room to fail and no extended rope to let it all fly on the court.  Everytime he stepped on the court, however, he showed flashes of brilliance only to get pulled after playing for 5 minutes.  The times that Nelly was forced to play him, he had some monster games.  Like 28 point, 14 board 5 block type monster performances.  Nelly would then bench him for the next two weeks.  It was absolutely sickening.








Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:17 am
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

Yes you should be looking forward to a front court featuring Amare and Randolph.  To be honest, I think Knicks fans willl soon see that acquiring Randolph was actually the BIGGER and BETTER move than acquiring Amare.  Randolph is definitely a superstar in the making caught in Nellie's dimentia as you put it.  I've been a die hard golden state fan for 20 years of the 26 that I have been alive.  I have lived through both Nellie eras and the abysmal 1-16 (playoff years made/playoff years not made) of the Cohan era.  I lived through the Webber trade, the sprewell choking, the botched draft picks, the loss of Baron Davis, and the continuous losing.  My fandom as a true Warrior die hard has been tested and I have never wavered.  However, this offseason, my fandom came shattering down once the AR trade happened.  It was the final straw for me.  A lame duck GM (Larry Riley) wrecklessly traded away a future franchise corner stone so that he could make a splash and hopefully land a future job in the NBA because his days are numbered as Warrior's GM with the ownership transition.  I am no longer a Golden State Warrior fan.  The only thing that could have made me reach this breaking point was trading away Randolph or Curry in a deal such as this.  The only guys I would accept back in a package deal featuring Randolph are Lebron, Durant, Howard, and thats it.

You should be very, very, very, very excited about being a fan of the team that employs Anthony Randolph.  He is the real deal and the Knicks will benefit and be on the other end of an "Isiah Thomas" like trade committed by the Warriors.  Must be refreshing, Lord knows you guys deserve it.  I wish AR the best.  Be patient with him (Nelly was not and Warrior fan's bought into it and believed the same man that ran Chris Webber out of town for freaking Gugliotta).  Randolph has been given no room to fail and no extended rope to let it all fly on the court.  Everytime he stepped on the court, however, he showed flashes of brilliance only to get pulled after playing for 5 minutes.  The times that Nelly was forced to play him, he had some monster games.  Like 28 point, 14 board 5 block type monster performances.  Nelly would then bench him for the next two weeks.  It was absolutely sickening.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:00 pm
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

Through the middle of last season, I was calling for the Warriors to get rid of Nelson. However, at about that time I realized something. Despite not having a good team and having many of the better players injured for long periods, the Warriors were really fun to watch. I guess others thought so too, because the Oakland Coliseum was packed for every home game. Even when they were behind by 20+ points, they often came back to make it interesting and sometimes even won. Of course, they never had a lead so big in a game that they couldn't blow it, but even that was fun to watch. They lost a LOT of games to the dregs of the NBA, but they also had great wins against the better teams like the Celtics, Lakers, Suns, etc. Nelson may not be able to take a team to the title (even when he had some very good teams) but the style he plays is entertaining. Right now, I hope he does finish out his contract since I don't think the Warriors have the talent yet to seriously contend for a title. At least with Nelson's style, they will be entertaining again this year. And, who knows, they might eek into the playoffs as an 8th seed like they did a few years back.





Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:04 pm
 

Wow Nellie

The Post's picture is rather unrepresentative of Don Nelson's recent energy level while coaching the Warriors. Nelson's uptempo style on court has been in such opposition to the terse way that he treats players. It is time to pull in the reigns and shout "Wow Nellie".

Nelson has had a long and storied career in copping the title of NBA coach with the most all-time regular season wins. His offensive strategies seek to bomb away from all angles and create a mismatch here and there. Unfortunately his team still needs to board in order to initiate the fast break, and that just has not happened in recent campaigns. 

Don treats many of his young, promising stars in an 'old school style' that was better utilized by his own coach, Boston's Red Auerbach, during the 1950's and 60's. A different type of player; a different era. 

'Nellie' can now retire to his island retreat again, and enjoy critiquing current young, more modern thinking coaches. Nelson has lacked real energy for the game of recent and has little motivation with a single campaign left on his docket.

Go 'Nellie'.

One concern remains.

Co-owner to be, Joe Lacob, was less than diplomatic or even coherent in his assessment of Nelson's last contract year. Warriors fans have been among the league's best even as the product is mired in the cellar almost every year. However, the only other constant the franchise has produced is the record of being driven into the ground by horrific, 'penny-pinching' ownership.

If Mr. Lacob cannot invest eloquence or class in the organization, at least put your money where your mouth is. I think that orifice would be better used to bank the cash.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Feedback on Anthony Randolph

I'm assuming that most people commenting on this story are GS fans since no one else would really care about Don Nelson (trust me on this one, he coached the Knicks as well).

Question:  is Anthony Randolph a superstar in the making that got caught up in Nellie's dementia?    Or is he a talented, young player that is wildly inconsistent?  I have a couple of friends that are GS fans that have told me that they thought AR should have logged 35 minutes a night and that he is a phenom. 

I just want to know if I should look forward to a front court featuring Amar'e and Randolph.  I'm sensing that they could be a great front court from what I've seen and heard about Randolph.

Thoughts from GS fans please?



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:55 pm
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

This is the kind of statement you make when you really want to say: "we want you to step down Nellie so we don't look like the bad guys"  If you want to get rid of the guy do it and move on.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:47 pm
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

I actually don't care much about this franchise, so, from the outside looking in: what strikes me is the crudity of an owner talking this way--typical rich guy, can-do, CEO bluster.  Does no good to team morale, organization, or the hiring process itself (next coach: this is the kind of guy who'll be firing YOU someday).  Wreckless and arrogant. 



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:16 pm
 

The Don Nelson era is over this year or next

Hard to argue with that logic. Maybe the NBA could give "achievement awards" just for having played.
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