Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

Don Nelson Ends Season in His Own, Bizarre Way

Last night’s Blazers/Warriors game gave Nellie another opportunity to show the world just how crazy he get. Beyond the Beat captures the wild scene: “With 4:47 left in the game, Devean George fouled out of the game. Or at least he thought he did. What ensued was an awkwardly strange exchange between official Eddie F. Rush and Nelson that lasted for the rest of the game and continued long after. First, an already injured Chris Hunter – who started and only played four minutes to that point because of a sore knee – checked in for George. Nelson argued with Rush. Rush argued with Nelson. Hunter stayed in the game. After a member of the Warriors training staff fetched Ronny Turiaf’s knee brace, Turiaf subbed for Hunter who then retreated to the locker room. Seven seconds later, an injured Anthony Morrow subbed for Turiaf, who also fled to the locker room. Morrow checked out seconds later and also exited. Weird. That left Nelson with George, who re-entered the game with six fouls and Golden State received the technical foul. After the game, Coach Nelson pled his case: ‘I really only had five guys and they played 48 minutes. All those guys have great stamina to get through a game like that and win it. I’m very proud of them. It was a pretty special game for us. It was predetermined in warm-ups that two of my players couldn’t play. To force those guys on the court is a legal issue a think. That’s not right. I have another player injured in the game and he wasn’t going to return. That was clear. I said I only have five left. The rule reads if you have five players and a player fouls, it’s a technical foul and the two free throws. They made me put an injured player back in the game. That’s not right. I begged them – read the rule, call the league, do something. That’s not the rule. You cannot be forced to put an injured player in the game.”‘

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s ok Nelson, we’ll just put the blame on the noob refs.

  • Tommy Patron

    NBA refs are a joke.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    your GM is not very good if your complete roster consists of about 7 players.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    It’s not as bad as when he benched his best player for the second half of a game that had a playoff spot riding on it.

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

    don’t remind us of that Ben. that was painful.
    last night’s situation was even more bizarre watching it live. i’m surprised that the media didn’t make a bigger deal out of this.
    @Hisham, you are correct on your assessment regarding to the Warriors’ GM, but no GM can do his job if the entire lineup is injured. of the 6 warriors who actually played last night (not counting the cameo of turiaf and morrow), 3 of them are d-leaguers who weren’t even part of the team just half a season ago.

  • TyMo

    Is this not one of the most unbelievable things you’ve ever seen? The Warriors roster slowly evaporated until they only have five healthy guys available for the last game. That, Mr. Nelson, is impressive.

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    I’m pretty sure it’s in the rule book that you need seven healthy bodies…. wasn’t that the Heats problem, where they had to call up all those D-Leaguers? If Don Nelson had one player injured in the game, it’s six, and one fouls out, he should still have five healthy bodies playing the game.
    Unless I’m misquoting a rule here.

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    It was bizarre seeing George check back in last night. “last game of the season; no holding back now.”

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    This doesn’t make sense.
    AFAIK you need seven players in uniform at tip-off, and if they’re in uniform at tip-off they’re eligible to play and have to play if you have a player foul out.
    So Turiaf, Morrow and Hunter *had* to go in and then sub out as “injured in game”, at which point George comes back in and picks up techs.
    If those three guys were that injured they couldn’t play, then they shouldn’t have been in uniform in the first place.
    Letting the roster get that thin is the coach and team’s fault, not the referees. You have to know that there’s a chance someone will foul out have this happen. Just sign a handful of D-Leaguers and don’t blame the refs for your own stupidity. Seriously, this is bawful.

  • clos1881

    How does Don Nelson still have a job? He doesn’t care about winning unless he can do it with a strange lineup.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Weird, but Nelson’s got a point–how can you ask an injured player to get on the court? That’s ridiculous as it is dangerous. Almost as ridiculous as only having 5 eligible players and having one of them foul out.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What happens when the guy with 6 fouls checks back in, and then commits another foul? Is it a technical after each additional foul he commits? LOL. What an fascinatingly bizarre situation.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I bet George had like 8 fouls that game…

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    @Teddy – like I said, pretty sure you need 7 at tip-off, and if the reserves were too injured to play but were still in uniform, that’s not the referee’s fault, it’s that of the team. It’s stupid.

  • iLL wiLL

    Nellie is a G.