Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 11:15 am  |  22 responses

Two More Seasons of Nellie

Hoops fans in the Bay Area must be thrilled with this prospect: “Regardless of how his team is doing at the time, Golden State coach Don Nelson said Saturday night he’s planning to retire when his contract expires following the 2010-11 season. ‘I’ll do two more years and that will be it,’ Nelson said in an interview with InDenver Times before his Warriors lost 129-116 to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Asked if those in the Warriors front office are aware of his plans, Nelson said, ‘I don’t know.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne


  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The inmates are running the asylum.

  • http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/ The Kandi Raver

    I thought hes sick of Golden state!? Indeed this is Ridiculous

  • tenorca

    Look, I know Nellie’s got his issues, but I can count two times the Warriors were anything more than Clippers-level-futile: Run TMC & the Baron/JRich/Jack squad that upset Dallas. In other words, with Nellie. Or we could bring back Mike Montgomery.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Fire Don Nelson!

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    when they were right……..

  • Dale Wittig

    While I’m not thrilled by how things went this season, it’s not like Nelson was the major reason for the losses, far from it. He’s gotten Anthony Randolph to play with more control and the kid’s developing quickly now. Ellis is coming back into form and probably won’t be forced to play point-guard. Brandon Wright’s coming along. Biedrins and Jackson are completely reliable players. There’s plenty to be hopeful for. I definitely want to see Nelson retire after a winning season, and in Oakland.

  • L33tSauce

    I bet Jamal Crawford is crying right now.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I really think the personnel moves have been the problem more so than Nellie. He’s just not good at dealing witn their current mishmash of talent. I mean, they don’t resign Baron so they can bring in Corey Maggette and Ronny Turiaf? Really? They resign Azubyuke, who’s good but an undersized 2 seems redundant on that squad. They reup Monta and Biedrins BIG TIME, which I’m fine with. But now that means they’ll need a big point who can occasionally guard SGs. And with Biedrins being mainly a rebounder and defender they still need a PF who can score(AL Harrington? That pasrt probably is Nellie’s fault)instead they get Turiaf, who’s a good player but has no offense. I know Chris Mullins is a good guy, and everyone seems to like him, but he hasn’t exactly had a cohesive strategy for building this roster.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    ciolk, we’re not sure how much power mullin had the last few years in running things for the team. remember, he made the move to bring baron to the bay, why would he make the move to have baron leave?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    you’re right though that the personnel moves have been the biggest problem. who’s bright idea was it to break up the we believe roster that made the playoffs and upset the 1st seed mavs with less than half a season’s worth of experience? we could only imagine how the team would’ve done with a full season’s worth of experience.

  • Dale Wittig

    Moving Baron was certainly not Mullin’s idea. He worked out an extension with Davis that was squashed by Robert Rowell, the team President. Some people have tried to blame Nelson for this, but he has repeatedly said how much he wishes he still had Davis. The majority of the blame belongs with the owner, Chris Cohan, and his stoodge, Rowell.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    tenorca, don’t forget Ninja Al and Michael Peaches, as well as Matthew Barnesworth.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh, and Andreas Beezwax.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh, and of course, Monta Ellis.
    I just singlehandedly gave nicknames too all of their core players.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    But, for obviously reasons Monta needs no nickname.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Nah, a Bud Light.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    lite..? from now on he drinks what Nellie drinks.

  • http://trulyhoops.blogspot.com Collin

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Poor Anthony Randolph

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    yeah true Collin

  • Blinguo

    Teddy, those are as you mentioned, half-assed nicknames – but its not like I expected nation-wide knowledge of their nicknames. Biedrins = Beans, due to a pronunciation of his name, Pietrus was Air France – due to his underground Jordan Player Edition(name and #) sneaks, MJ liked his game enough to sponsor him. A shame JRich never got a better nickname than his shorthand initials and last name combo. Cohan didn’t even sign the newspaper AD Jason put out to say they haven’t been up to standards for the fans and will make the playoffs the next season – which they unbelievably did when the stars aligned and they won the last several games out to beat out 2 other teams. Still remember when Nelson was trying to get his extension+raise and was considering retiring instead not that long ago. He’s getting his money man, even if he gets the axe.

  • Waylonakolipse

    Cohan is one of the worst owners in the NBA. He destroyed the team in ’94 when he refused to sign Webber and he did the same last year when he let Baron go. In his 16 years the Warriors have had 2 winning seasons. This is due to the fact that he hires people like Dave Twarzdik. Twarzdik drafted Todd Fuller over Kobe, Adonal Foyle over T-Mac, etc. And Rowell will make similar awful mistakes. The only good talent evaluator they had was Mullin who had a hand in drafting Arenas, Murphy, Ellis, Biedrins, etc. I love the Warriors and it hurts to know that the best they’ll do in the next 5 years is maybe a 2nd round series or a 6th seed. Even if the Warriors had the cash a big time free agent wouldn’t sign with GS. Their only hope is that players like Ellis, Biedrins, or Randolph become All-Star caliber players to match Stephen Jackson efforts. They’ll be lucky if they get 1 out of 3.