Thanks for the memories, mon ami...
Nelson, the all-time winningest coach in NBA history, will officially resign and accept a settlement on the $6 million owed him on his contract.
New Warriors owner Joe Lacob was determined to replace Nelson as coach, and Nelson, sources said, was glad to take his money and return to retirement in Hawaii.
Smart is working on a contract with the Warriors, and it’s still being negotiated whether he’ll be given a deal guaranteed beyond the 2010-11 season, a source said.
For awhile, it was clear the fire was still there. Don Nelson gave Warriors fans their greatest moment in a generation in his first season back. What came after it shouldn’t detract from that accomplishment. But as became increasingly clear from the middle of the 07-08 season onward, that fire for coaching was growing dimmer by the game. With the win record achieved at the end of last season (at the cost of better draft odds for the team), the time was right for Nelson to step away from the game. Thankfully, he took the opportunity.