Befuddling it is, when I hear people still talk of Nelson like he is not a dead man walking within the organization. I respect Don Nelson. I believe that all Warrior fans should. During the 06-07 year, he was a god among men as he led us to the playoffs with the beloved Boom Dizzle spouting off quotes to reporters like, "He's got our undivided attention, I'm hanging on his every word." The man was hailed as the savior of a failed franchise that had doomed every fan with a Warriors t-shirt on like a living, walking, talking damnation for nearly two decades. The idiocy of the Vietnam war survived less of a tenure.
My point is, in little more than two years later, Nelson was drop-kicked from his white steed, staring down the barrel of every rabid Brandan Wright loving, Monta Ellis jersey toting, Chris Mullin faithful fan there was. Everyone blamed and hated Don Nelson. Players around the league were almost shamefully yet amusingly shaking there heads and going, "Geez, what happened over there? They were going in the right direction." The answer to that is simple: Baron Davis happened, and then he didn't. The aftermath of Jason leaving was just the last kick to the jaw while we were straining to regain consciousness. With Nelson questionably having a hand in all that failed, and Rowell abiding proudly by his shenanigans only to be eternally sewed shut once Jackson got the better of him, why is it then hard to comprehend ALL men even remotely connected to these two are incapable of escaping death? They will surely be fired.
On a good note, it only took Nelson and Baron to build it, so how difficult will it really be to reinvent the status of "heading in the right direction" once again? Does winning not solve all problems? Does it not redeem appearance and reputation? The Thunder literally became a team overnight. The same argument can be made for the Hawks. With new ownership, (Sweet Jesus FINALLY new ownership) and the best point guard who has ever played for the Warriors (TH included) we are riding a strange torpedo of momentum to cross into this promise land. If they can do it, why can't we? The real question to you fan, may rather be: Are you superstitious? If not, then a competent owner, who most of us under the age of 30 have never seen, should turn us into a team that we deserve to watch win games. There are no words in the language that can express the Warriors' need for a player like Curry to come along. It is the nature of a higher power that only after his first year of proving he is a capital player, that the organization would be freed from the warden, Chris Cohan. How legendarily appropriate, is it not?
Lastly, whoever is not expecting a mass crucifixion once the new owner pens above the dotted line is in for a real treat. When I hear people say things like "Go after Dirk, he's perfect for Nellie ball!" it makes me scratch my head. Nelson will be the first to be terminated. His desk will be burned while the new boss and his agents prance around it like savages. This will happen. Riley may be keen to just handing it in, like some old forgotten washed up cowboy, humbly busting out his last hand of poker in a stale front office. Poor little fella. But nobody, but nobody, will survive the wrath of the new man. Things in Golden State are going to change for the better because they cannot possibly get any worse. The good news about this off-season in hindsight is that if we were healthy, we probably would've gotten the 14th pick again. Plus we have some valuable bargaining chips. We also know for the first time beyond any reasonable doubt who our guy is. The Lakers have Kobe, Miami has Dwane, and so on and so forth. We have always been the ugly kid at a million dollar prom with our ugly date, trying to sell everyone on voting her queen. Jamison = not a queen. Hughes = definitely not a queen. Sprewell = NO. QUEEN. Stephen Curry is finally a respected center piece to this franchise and we have enough talent to exchange for likable talent to build around this chap...and a top 8 pick.
So a new leaf, farewell to old friends, and let's not speak of Nelson again until the cease fire is announced, and the man is still standing...with Lucky. Until then as they say, "The king is dead. LONG LIVE THE KING."