Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  22 responses

Harrington vs. Nellie: Round (I’ve Lost Count)

by Marcel Mutoni

Al Harrington and Don Nelson’s acrimonious relationship has been well-documented, and prior to last night’s shootout in Oakland (a 144-127 decision for the hometown Warriors), another bitter chapter was written by the coach and player.

According to Al Harrington (who was lustfully booed by the Oracle crowd last night), if you’re not careful, Don Nelson could ruin your career. From the San Fran Chronicle:

After Nelson blamed their messy divorce on Harrington’s “obvious” desire to position himself for a new contract – “He thought he was going to be the third-best player here and he wanted to be the best player,” Nelson said in his pregame interview – Harrington fired right back.

“Wow,” Harrington said. “I think he just made that up. You know him. I didn’t say that to him. I just didn’t see eye-to-eye with him. I didn’t like him and he didn’t like me…[Brandon Wright's] got to weather these Nellie storms, because he’s been known to ruin guys’ careers. So, hopefully that doesn’t happen to them…You’ll go into his doghouse for no reason. And that makes it tough, because it’s hard enough playing your opponent every night. And when you know you’ve got to play mind games against your coach, too, it’s not worth it to me. The game’s supposed to be fun. If you can’t do that, just do the best you can to get out of that situation.”

Something tells me these two won’t be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards this week.

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  • Ken

    I’m happy for Al now. He’s doing so much better with Mike.

  • J

    I saw Al go to the rack more times last night than he did his entire tenure with the Warriors. No surprise he came out and played well in the first half, his capability has never been an issue. It’s more like the execution and thought process.

    Al’s lack of dunking close to the hoop is also an issue, but a Knick one, now. The game itself was a microcosm of what Al did for the Warriors, but the emphasis would be his lack of 2nd half performance (word to the playoffs).

  • Gumdrop

    Who is Nellie to be calling someone out for positioning himself for a new contract?!

  • Gumdrop

    In other news former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell was “displeased” by the impolite tone of his players while addressing the media.

  • vtrobot

    You might have to deal with mind games, but I would like to play for a coach who isn’t afraid to punt a ball into the stands when he’s upset. I really wish there were more of that in the NBA.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    FLAME WAR! NBA-style

  • jackyl

    MY NAME IS AL HARRINGTON!, AND I GET BUCKETS (of hate mail and beer bottle caps from Nellie)

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Marcus Williams nods knowingly

  • vmcb

    Al ain’t wrong about Nellie.

  • CHE

    Al is an underachiever. Nelson didn’t like that about him or didn’t have the time to tolerate it. I think they are better off without each other.

  • Blinguo

    Al and Nellie, short lived & cancelled sitcom without a lot of funny. The opposite of Baron wanting a Brady Bunch reunion type deal ASAP.

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  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    i feel bad for Anthony Randolph

  • aotearaw

    I like Al, he’s been solid for my fantasy team. Made some valid points in his riposte too without going overboard imo

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Why the hell isn’t Marcus Williams playing? He should have played at LEAST 10 minutes a game when Monta went down.. He was the only real point guard. Instead they had Jax running the point?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    teddy, the times i saw marcus playing, he’d dribble the ball up the court and take a contested three with 18 seconds left on the shot clock.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    ^i don’t get that either.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    vtrobot Posted: Feb.11 at 12:20 pm
    You might have to deal with mind games, but I would like to play for a coach who isn’t afraid to punt a ball into the stands when he’s upset. I really wish there were more of that in the NBA.
    A call for Greg Ostertag to step up as a head coach…?

  • NowItAll

    he’s not worth the money.
    get over him everyone

  • Waylonakolipse

    It’s time for Nellie to retire. He’s the the only coach in the NBA that starts 6-6/6-5 guards at power forward. They’ve gone downhill and will keep going downhill until he’s gone.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mandiixoxo Amanda

    Ryne- any chance you can post that Spurs cover (#91) from september 05 I think it was?
    thats a vintage one and Id love to have that as my wallpaper