Warriors to Nellie: Stay Away

by December 04, 2009

Don Nelson is in really rough shape these days, and his employer wisely believes it would serve him to stay away from the team for a while: “After suffering two dizzy spells during his return, Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson has been asked to stay away from the team Friday so his health can be re-evaluated. Nelson returned to the Warriors’ bench for a 111-109 loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night after missing the previous five games with pneumonia. Nelson, 69, looked fatigued and said afterward he had a dizzy spell during the third quarter and following the game. Warriors general manager Larry Riley said he asked Nelson to take Friday’s practice off to rest. Nelson will likely meet with the team’s medical staff on Saturday before deciding whether he should coach that night’s game against the Orlando Magic. ‘I’ll have him slow down [Friday],’ Riley said. ‘I’m concerned for him personally, but he’ll be all right. We’ll see. It’s a slow process.”’