This past summer, it wasn’t very clear that Don Nelson would be on the Warriors’ bench following their shocking upset of Dallas in the Playoffs. The problem, as always, was money.
Nelson, of course, returned to Golden State. And now, the Warriors have decided to show good faith by exercising their option on Nellie, but he’s not so sure.
“It’s always nice to be wanted, especially when you’re 67,” Nelson said.
“I’m going to have to think about that one. Joy and I will decide that, after we’ve had time to reflect and rest a little bit.”
If you read between the lines, which I highly recommend, it’s basically Nellie telling his bosses that he’ll wait and see how the Warriors finish out the season: If they falter and miss the postseason, he still gets a nice chunk of change; should they shock the world again, it’s back to the negotiating table (and we all know how that goes.)
The man is nothing if not shrewd.