Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  29 responses

Don Nelson Tears Into Andris Biedrins

These days, Nellie is not a big Biedrins fan: “After Wednesday night’s Warriors loss to Philadelphia, Don Nelson said he ‘didn’t see any life’ from Andris Biedrins, who played nine minutes, missed both of his shots and committed two turnovers. At today’s practice, Nelson was more critical of his struggling center. On whether his comments lit a fire under Biedrins: ‘I hope so. He needs to light his own fire. We play every other day. You can’t light the fire for him every game. So that’s up to him. Give us something. I mean, rebounding is one part of the game. You need more than that. Good defensive presence. The running skills. Good pick-setting. Good passing. We need a lot of things from our 5s other than rebounding.’ On the biggest difference between Biedrins’ double-double days and now: ‘A lack of aggressiveness. Running out of his scoring areas without being aggressive to catch and score.’ On why that is: ‘I think it has to do with his free-throw shooting (being tentative on offense to avoid going to the line). I told him today that if I were him, I would be wanting to shoot free throws so I’m not the all-time worst (single-season) free-throw shooter in the history of the NBA. If he could get to the free-throw line and even make five or six out of 10, at least it would be an improvement. I would be looking to get fouled, and I think he’s looking not to get fouled.”‘

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  • Justin

    That’s a whole other kind of soft when you look to NOT get fouled!

  • vmcb

    I wouldn’t want to get fouled if I’m shooting 13% at the free throw line, either…

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    lol and lol

  • http://www.nottherealmelvinely.com melvin ely

    don should be concerned about teams going hack-an-andris.

  • http://www.nottherealmelvinely.com melvin ely

    also, “hack-an-andris” sounds like something inappropriate in another language. I apologize.

  • Joe

    I’m confused by Don Nelson, so he’s upset, that his player Biedrins is not playing well, after coming off of an injury not to long ago???….but he’s ok with it being year 6 o 7 for Biedrins, and he still cant make free throws????????….Why didn’t Don Nelson “tear” into him 4 or 5 years ago about his free throws?? This lack of aggressiveness probably wouldn’t be a problem now, if the free throw issue was taken care of back earlier in his career.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Don Nelson hates big men. Period.
    I don’t know why people believe anything else is the problem. Don Nelson never told Dirk that “scoring” wasn’t enough, when Dirk’s game was pretty much limited to that early in his career.
    He hates traditional big men with a passion.

  • LOAF

    andris used to be pretty solid!? what happened!?

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

    Well, at least he isn’t paying him $11 million a year.

  • tavoris

    Don Nelson is one cooooold old man

  • Tommy Patron

    Allenp-Could that be a manifestation of some type of self-loathing on Nelson’s part?

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Don Nelson needs to be fired immediately. What the hell is this guy doing?

  • davidR

    another one of his tactics to rile his players up. andris is playing like isht, but it’s clear he isn’t 100% recovered from the injury. who knows. maybe this gets him back to his double-double ways

  • tavoris

    davidR-they gotta pass the ball to him sometimes

  • Forrest Crunk

    Nellie might be losing it a little bit but he is spot on here. I am far, far away from even resembling an athlete but even I can hit 70% of my free throws. Some players just do not have the drive and the will within them to practice the little things that make up a great player. Injury or not, there is no excuse for this garbage when you are paying someone NINE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

  • LA Huey

    Nellie crying about defense?

  • horsey

    LA Huey

  • mems

    if don nelson is still coaching the warriors next year they need to just banish that terrible team from the league. how this guy still has a job is beyond me

  • ThatGuy

    Does it have something to do with him playing 9 minutes

  • Jon

    Imagine in Donnie coached Shaq or Big Ben. He would have died of high bloodpressure.

  • Shaqsbuddy

    dudes ridiculous tats y i left my home team for the cavs

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Andris isn’t playing with enthusiasm because he’s getting screwed over by his own organization. That’s why.

  • Simmy Sosa

    Leave it to Nellie to chew out a guy who actually hustles. The reason he’s not avg a double-double is because of 5 people on the court, he’s option number 7. Nelson is a clown…

  • Simmy Sosa

    Can we call Steph Curry “The Remix”?

  • jedi420

    Try playing the guy for more than 10 minutes a night and you might see production increase.. Try not playing D-Leaguer’s ahead of someone you invested in as a franchise.. How in the hell is Don Nelson still coaching anyway??

  • John

    Biedrins is a good, young center that many teams would love to have. But for some reason after he returned with injury, Dumb Don Nelson plays CHRIS HUNTER AND ANTHONY TOLLIVER more….ridiculous. You really think his free throw shooting is the worst of your problems on this sad, sad team?

  • therighttoremainsalient

    if don nlson coached shaq, or ben wallace he would have had a brain clot by now..

  • kevin

    what a waste of money $120 mil on monta ellis and andris biedrins wow

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