One, two, three- FOUR times for your golden state of mind! Here's a quick review of GSoM's coverage about Nellie's return that even NBA.com was feeling:
- Monty Out, Nelson In
- One Million Reasons for Nellie to Take the Warriors to the Playoffs this Season
- A Picture Says a Thousand Words
- The Town Going Retro: Past, Present, and Future
- EXCLUSIVE: GSoM @ THE Press Conference
- Nellie vs. Nelly
- The Dirty Dozen - Part 1 | Part 2 (be on the lookout for part 3!)
- Plus our recent Q&A with the Merc's Tim Kawakami: Part 1 | Part 2
Monty out, Nellie in- CHECK
TO DO: Cohan out, Cuban in
And now on to the links:
Tim Kawakami in Talking Points for the Mercury: Mario Elie? Hello, Mario? Paging Mario Elie…
Smart Warrior fans like high scores and excitement, but they crave toughness. They want somebody to get up into Baron Davis–and Elie has done some of that–toughen up Mike Dunleavy a bit, and they want a team that can win by flying and win by gritting it out.
Nelson might deliver that. For a little while. But Elie, I’ve argued in the past, could deliver that for a long time.
Tim Kawakami in Talking Points for the Mercury: Blabbing about Baron, Dunleavy and the Warriors (again)
Not so much the little guys. Not the assistant coaches, assistant GMs and runners.
It’s the coaches. The GMs. The agents.
I always try to add (but didn’t in the Q&A), that I like Baron, even though we’re not too close these days. He’s smart and stubborn and I have to admire that. He’s also, when healthy, an excellent player.
John Ryan in Morning Buzz for the Mercury: Warriors-KNBR Axis Of Back-Scratching
Chris for SFist: The Warriors: Looking Forward in the Rearview Mirror
Jason Gurney for LowPost.net: Don Nelson vs. Golden State's 12-Year Postseason Drought
Ben Collins for Slam: Why Nellie Works
This is the same coach that had 6-4 (on stiletto heels, if he’s lucky) Greg Buckner defend Shaq for an entire quarter. Call him gimmicky, but do not call him too old to adapt. That would be the ultimate disservice to a guy who brought on this New NBA that everyone seems to be heralding.
Marty James for Napa Valley Register: History's on his side Ex-Warriors player, chaplain praise Nelson
Ira Winderman for The Sporting News: Nelson will make the Warriors fun -- but can he make them win?
Dave Newhouse for Inside Bay Area: Nellie ready to get Warriors running at playoffs
A. Mikael Pietrus is one of my mystery guys. He will play for me, if he does what I want him to do, emphasizing the defensive end and not to worry about the offensive end. He's a great athlete, and he can run. And I'm looking for runners.
There are other mystery guys; I don't know if they'll be able to make the next move I want them to make. I'm going to need (Troy) Murphy to play some center for us. If he can make some adjustments, he'll have his best year. And it will allow me to play Dunleavy at the "4," because he basically struggles at small forward. He can function offensively better against the "4s" in the league.
And (Monta) Ellis is a mystery guy. I'm not sure as a high school player (two years ago) if he's ready to play big minutes. I'd like him to, and I'm going to give him the opportunity.
Anything missing from the 4-part mega-series? (Part I | Part II | Part III) Link it up in the comments.