No One Tells Don Nelson When to Retire

by January 26, 2010

And certainly not one of his former players. Got that, Stephen Jackson?: “After Coach Nelson gets his record, he’s going to hang it up,’ Jackson, a Charlotte guard, said in an interview Monday with FanHouse about his former coach at Golden State who is soon to break the NBA record for career coaching wins. ‘I just know that he’s going to the (Warriors) office and pass the reins to (assistant coach) Keith Smart.’ Nelson begged to differ. ‘I’m going to coach until my contract is up next year,’ Nelson said in a phone interview. ‘Ask Jack if he’s going to leave with one year left on his contract. … I’m going to honor my contract next year and then that will be it.”’