The Warriors are back on the map!
For the past 12 seasons the Warriors haven't been on the NBA map. 12 straight years of missing the playoffs in a league where over half the squads do, will make that sort of thing happen. Well, a little Nellie changes all that.
From the World Wide:
Marcus Thompson (see recent GSoM interview) for Contra Costa Times: Warriors replace Montgomery with old favorite Don Nelson
Nelson, second to Lenny Wilkens on the NBA all-time wins list with 1190 career victories, took the Chris Webber-led Warriors to a 50-32 record in 1993-94. They were swept in the first round of the playoffs by Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns, and haven't been back to the postseason since.It seems like just yesterday the Warriors were in the playoffs... oh wait- no it doesn't! That was a LONG time ago.
Janny Hu (see recent GSoM interview) for SF Chronicle: Montgomery out, Nellie back in as Warriors blast back to the past
Nelson has agreed to an incentive-laden three-year contract that is worth up to $18 million, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. As part of the deal, Nelson will receive $1 million if the Warriors make the playoffs this season.Have to love that $1 million bonus for the playoffs!
Tim Kawakami for SJ Mercury: Move signals Warriors' desperation: Montgomery out, Nelson back -- What is Mullin's Plan?
I understand hiring Nelson, even at 66, even after he walked away from his last few jobs (for health and other reasons). I get that Nelson can do more with an awkward lineup -- nobody's more awkward than Dunleavy and Murphy playing together! -- than anybody in the history of the NBA.One major problem: the Warriors still have the worst frontcourt in the league with Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, and Adonal Foyle.
Lang Whitaker for Slam: Nellie: Promiscuous Boy
It’s like the early ’90s all over again! The Warriors have a bunch of athletic guys on their roster, and Nellie will almost certainly employ the same run-n-gun show he’s installed throughout his career.Warriors Nation loves the early 90's!
Ray Ratto for SF Chronicle: It's what's left for Warriors
We're not sure that Nelson will have a lot of power to start, but he has always been brilliant at filling a vacuum. He can, at least at the start, get the attention of players who had long ago turned Montgomery off for the very simple reason that they knew he had no power and would be eliminated the first time he ever considered exercising it.
Liz Robbins for The New York Times: At 66, Nelson Goes Back to the Bench
Eric Gilmore for Contra Costa Times: Warriors fans should celebrate
Nelson is one the NBA's greatest masters of matchups.
This is a coach who had Manute Bol launching 3-point shots from the top of the key. He'll do anything at any time in order to get a favorable matchup.
Marc Stein for ESPN.com: Sources: Nelson to return to Warriors as coach
Geoff Lepper for Inside Bay Area.com: Nelson returns to coach Warriors: Golden State fires Montgomery after two poor seasons
Mark Kreidler for ESPN.com: Golden State gig hasn't been a golden opportunity
Charley Rosen for Fox Sports: Thrill of Nelson's return to wear off quickly
Was Nellie Ball entertaining? Absolutely.
Was it frivolous? For sure.
Was it effective? Not when the games counted — the Warriors collective playoff record in Nelson's tenure was a dismal 5-15.
Greg Beachham for AP: Warriors drop Montgomery, re-hire Nelson
Marty Burns for SI.com: Step right up: Warriors should find respectability under Nelson
J.E. Skeets for The Basketball Jones: 1.21 Gigawatts! Nelson Is Back
SwanShadow Thinks Out Loud: What's Up With That? #36: Deja voodoo
Chancelucky for BlogCritics.org: Golden State Rehires Don Nelson After 12 Years
Garrett Wilson for Hoopsworld: Nellie Returns!!!
Jason Fleming for Hoopsworld (can't believe they charge for their content): Warriors Finally Make Right Decision
Mike DeCourcy for The Sporting News: Call Montgomery wealthy, but don't call him a failure
Dick Vitale for ESPN.com: Montgomery still a great coach
You can bet that if an opening happens on the collegiate level, Mr. Montgomery will be at the top of many lists.
Post links to any fun articles you find about Monty Out, Nelson In in the comments or in a Diary!
Also check out Don Nelson Mania on the Web!- Part II
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