I feel good about where the Warriors are. Mostly because I believe in Nellie. And Nellie finally has the full authority to run the Warriors. No more 3 way Rowell-Mullin-Nellie triangle. And that is a good thing.
I would put the team in Nellie's hand as Cohan or Rowell has done. You pick the best qualified person to do the job and you give him the authority, the time and the means to get the job done.
If writers, agents and other GMs outside the W's are confused. They must not be very smart. Even a second grader can figure this out: Nellie is in charge. There's some awkwardness now because of Mullin, and Nelson's loyalty to Mullin. Answers are deferred to a figurehead GM office. Mullin is talked about as the GM still. Nellie continues to deny he has GM powers or responsibilities. This will all go away next year.
Over the long run, Nellie has always won and he will again.
He built the Bucks, the run TMC dubs and the Mavs. He is a 3 time winner of the NBA coach of the year award. He was voted one of the ten greatest coaches in NBA history in 1996-7. He coached 29 years in the NBA and 28 of them are for 3 teams. So I believe Nelson when he says we're close to being good.
He is a top notch talent evaluator and he develops NBA stars. Case in point: Sprewell, a little known defensive player when drafted, became a scorer and an all star. Chris Mullin, too slow for the NBA until Nellie came. Mullin eventually played on the Dream Team. Nash, a back up before Nellie traded for him and now considered an all time great. Does anyone think Nowitzski would be where he is now if he played for any other coach?
My half full glass has Randolph, Wright, Ellis, Biedrins, Buike, Morrow and Turiaf in it. On a clear mind, I can see a core that will be not only very good, but dominant. By 2011 Maggette and Jax will be support players, and Crawford will be gone. Why focus on that?