I'm sick of people calling for Nelson's head and blaming him for everything, but he does deserve some blame for stuff listed below...
- getting the W’s some national exposure in 07 Playoffs.
- Developing Monta Ellis into a solid player.
- Developing Andris Biedrinis and actually playing him.
- Dumping losers like Murphy, Dunleavy, Diogu, Pietrus, and O’Bryant.
- Turning around a franchise that hadn’t made the Playoffs in 13 years.
- Replacing Mike Montgomery who was in way over his head.
- Finding qualitiy subs in Azubuike, Barnes, Watson, and Morrow.
- Not being named Bob Lanier, Rick Adelman, PJ Carlisimo, Gary St. Jean, Dave Cowens, Brian Winters, Eric Musslehead, or Mike Montgomery.
Ya I guess all of those things are Nellie’s fault, what a shame…Don Nelson is not the problem, management, injuries, and talent are. Cheap Ownership, poor Drafting, Moped incidents, and lack of overall talent on the roster are the real issues.
I’d love to hear what other coach could get an 8 seed into the second round of the playoffs, win 48 games in the ultra competitive West, and even attempt to make up for what has been years of poor management running this franchise into the ground.
Eddie Jordan? -No he couldn’t win with Arenas, Jamison, and Butler in the weak East,
not to mention get any of those stat stuffers to play any D.
Avery Johnson? – Well you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and like Jordan couldn’t get a running team to commit to his Defensive style in time to save his job. I like Avery and he would be my #1 pick to replace Nellie when the time comes, but he needs to learn from his previous mistakes before he can be a Head Coach again.
Flip Saunders? – Do I even need to list why not? This guy is a mediocre coach who couldn’t win it all with arguably the most talented core of players in the weak East. He also took forever to win a playoff game and series with KG and the T-Wolves.
Keith Smart? – He very well may be the next W’s head coach, but as an interim coach he couldn’t get an underperforming team to respond, so what’s to say he will this time? Everyone would want him gone if the current level of play stayed the same under him.
Overall the point is that this team is tailored to Nellieball and as much as fans want them to become a Defensive team night in and night out, it is not going to happen because frankly the parts are not there. Bringing in a Defensive minded coach doesn’t magically turn players in the Spurs. Firing Nellie and bringing in somebody else is not the answer now, unless you want to completely go back to the early 2000’s with a team that is clueless and out of sync with what their coach wants.
Patience is required, believe in Nellie, it takes time to build a contender, look at Dallas they didn’t become good overnight, and look now they have been in the Playoffs for the past 6-7 years.