"That's about the only good thing I've done this year," Nelson said, "and I hope that will continue for (next season). Morale has been good. ... After a tough loss, we come together and have a pretty good practice, and everybody gets along."
A few minutes later, Monta Ellis finished shooting and came to the sideline. He must have left his happy face on the floor. In a tense 2 1/2 minutes, he contradicted pretty much everything Nelson and the Warriors had said about him over the last two weeks. The comments might have been the best defense Ellis has ever played.
"I tell you what's been disappointing. That I can't be myself anymore. That I have to be careful what I say because everybody reads so much into whatever it is I try to be honest about that I can't even talk about things that I used to. I used to be very free with the media. Very open, free and honest, and I'm not allowed to do that anymore. That's probably the worst thing that's happened."
In the very Bay Area market he twice has conquered, as coach from 1988 to 1995 in the days of the panting scoreboard with Run TMC and then returning in 2006 to marshal the We Believe Warriors to the stunning '07 playoff win over the Mavericks, Nelson is taking a public-relations beating. He is sure the cause is inaccurate reporting from two beat writers and the bloggers, particularly San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami. Accurate, inaccurate, somewhere in between, Nellie has been getting hit hard.