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Signs pointing to an early Don Nelson departure

Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:28 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 12:34 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Don Nelson's days are numbers in the Bay Area. But you already knew that.

Whether it's this year or the next, the NBA's all-time winningest coach won't be patroling the Golden State sideline any more. But Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says signs are pointing to a sooner than later situation:
The signals are strong: If the timing is right and the discussions progress, my belief is that Joe Lacob is planning to move on from Don Nelson and probably install Keith Smart as the Warriors’ interim coach for the coming season.
As Kawakami mentions, nothing is set in stone. For example, the new ownership group headed by Joe Lacob hasn't even officially been handed the keys to the franchise.

Also, Kawakami added that the Warriors recent moves (Lou Amundson and Rodney Carney) suggest the team might not be built to be coached by Nelson.

But time is running thin. Training camp starts in just a few weeks and past that, things start to get a bit awkward. Lacob prefers defense over offense and well, we know what Nelson likes to do. Smart would be a better fit to begin the transition the Warriors want to make. He's been in charge of the team before, the players know him and he'd fit well in moving Golden State from one system to the next.

Does it get done in two weeks? Or even a month? That comes down to the league office and how ownership gets transferred. Owners vote in October and by then, training camp will be in full swing. Plus, Nelson is owed about $6 million for his services for this season.

But this much we know: Lacob wants to move on and get his people in place. Current owner Chris Cohen is loyal to Nelson. And Lacob might be hesitant to make a mid-season move on a guy like Nelson, instead letting him ride a horse off into the sunset.

The whole situation kind of fits the Warriors well. Stuck in transition.


Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:45 pm

Signs pointing to an early Don Nelson departure

Speaking of RETREADS ... wait until you see what happens in Philadelphia with Doug Collins.  Is he really the best the 76ers could do?

Back to Golden State.

Why are all these others factors in the equation [Lacob's preference, Cohen's preference, Nelson's salary, etc]?

Is it Sports or Entertainment?

Do you want to WIN or not?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:32 pm

Signs pointing to an early Don Nelson departure

well put ...his coaching tactics are awful ...great regular season coach but no chance to win anything in the playoffs

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:14 pm

Signs pointing to an early Don Nelson departure

Yes, Nelson is way beyond his prime.....but to say he NEVER had success is wrong.  I live in Wisconsin and Nelson's years with the Bucks were great......he was loved here and he had great success though never winning it all.  His teams won 60 plus games numerous times and took great Boston and Philly teams to the limit in the late 70's thru the mid 80's.  During his years in Milwaukee, Nelson was a great coach........and had great success in those years.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:13 pm

Signs pointing to an early Don Nelson departure

He should never have been hired in the first place.  For some strange reason the NBA keeps rehiring these retreads who have NEVER had success anywhere!  Yes, Nellie has won a lot of games but that is due to the fact he has been a coach forever more than anything else.

The Warriors fans deserve better.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:24 pm

Signs pointing to an early Don Nelson departure

I'm surprised he has lasted this long. Although he is a likeable guy, his run-and-gun, no defense mentality is exciting to watch but will NEVER win you a championship.

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