In addition to our ongoing crazy coverage of Don Nelson's return to the Warriors
- 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
Sam Rubenstain for Slam: Will it be Golden?
Now, Don Nelson is a really good coach. I like him and the style he teaches. He had a phenomenal run in Dallas (and a kind of annoying half season with the Knicks), and he’s much better suited for this job than Mike Montgomery, who people were predicting disaster for from day one. Personally, I’m skeptical of his ability to turn it around, and a big reason for that is Baron Davis’s health is just as shaky as Hardaway’s was. And L’il Dun is no Chris Mullin, despite the skin complexion.Fantasy Junkie and I were making some Run TMC comparisons the other day. Baron = Timmy Hardaway and JRich = Mitch Richmond/ Chris Mullin? The Warriors need a sharp-shooter desperately or else JRich is going to have be a 5-Mic MC.
Jake Kelman for The Stanford Daily: Moving on from Montgomery
It’s not that Montgomery is not a good coach, and I do buy into any number of the standard explanations for his failure on the other side of the Bay. "His style wasn’t cut out for the NBA." "The Warriors just didn’t have good enough personnel." I’d believe either, and regardless of his recent failings, I still do believe the man can coach basketball. But Cardinal faithfuls calling for Trent Johnson’s job and Montgomery’s re-hiring (assuming he would even take the Stanford job if offered) are simply living in the past.
SinCity for Warriorsworld: What's the Motivation?
The second Don Nelson Era in the Bay Area begins today and the biggest question left to answer is why? What cosmic set of circumstances made Nellie and Cohan put aside their differences and do the right thing for the franchise? Is Nellie just doing this for another payday or as a favor to old pal Chris Mullin? Is Chris Cohan just trying to drum up some interest for ticket sales? Maybe Nellie is just planning on putting in a half season of work knowing he will get banished back to Hawaii with a fat severence package?Is SinCity predicting another Nellie-Cohan legal battle?
Felipe Torcato for Humm-Baby!: Alou Meets with Nelson
The Chronicle erroneously reported that Felipe Alou visited his home in Miami Monday to prepare for Tropical Storm Ernesto. Reliable sources have told HMB that Alou was in fact meeting with new Warriors Coach Don Nelson to talk about a possible position with the organization next year. Dennis Erickson and Art Howe have been rumored to round out the rest of Nelson's brain trust next year. In one of the more promising developments, Avery Johnson has been in talks with Nelson to be the starting point guard.Bill Walsh- next head coach of the Warriors?
Marcus Thompson for Contra Costa Times: Nelson see the potential
Loyalty. Potential. Risk.
Janny Hu for SF Chronicle: Looking like the same old Nellie
Nelson believes all the pieces he needs are already with Golden State and said he didn't foresee any roster tweaks. As for his coaching staff, Nelson said he already had at least one assistant coach in mind -- current aides Mario Elie, Keith Smart and Russell Turner are under contract for another year, and the Warriors have not filled the position vacated by John MacLeod -- but declined to mention any names or specific moves.Aw Nellie- the master of deception. At least I hope so. He has to be joking if he thinks this roster as presently constituted doesn't have any holes.
He has another strength. He is creative. He is one of the most creative coaches anyone ever has seen anywhere. Montgomery is a by-the-book guy. Basketball is supposed to be played a certain way, and he would make sure he taught that until the day he had to step away. Nelson is a mad genius. He perceives patterns no one else sees. The Warriors have a bunch of awful centers, barely live bodies. Don't be surprised if he makes forward Troy Murphy the center.
The Cavalier for Yay Sports! NBA: Coach Don is Back in the GSW
SignArenas for SportsColumn: Party Like It's 1994
Art Spander for Marin Independent Journal: Warriors back to uncertain future
Dave Del Grande for Inside Bay Area: Dunleavy gets new life with new coach
Simply stated: Mike Dunleavy.
Say what you want about Baron Davis or Jason Richardson, the future of the Warriors now resides squarely on the shoulders of one of the NBA's biggest disappointments in recent years.
Craig Kwasniewski for The Association: RUN-TMC, Part Deux?
Rob Peterson for NBA.com: Don of a New Day?
Greg Beacham for AP: Welcome back Nellie: Coach plans to make Warriors win again
Tim Kawakami for Mercury: Mullin won't wither under questioning
MULLIN: Not really. I had some thoughts about it, but really, it was presented as, `This is an upgrade,' and he was on board with that all the way. Everybody wants this team to be better. And this is the way to do that
Ann Killion for Mercury: Decade later, he'll try again
Eric Gilmore for Contra Costa Times: Warriors put faith in Nellie
Was it cheesy? Sure. Think Tillamook. But it also sent a message. The Warriors and Mullin believe they hit a home run in hiring Nelson, and they held an event that matched their expectations.
Scott Ostler for San Francisco Chronicle: Good-time Nellie rides back into town
Leave Maui, where he lives in a village named Haiku and where his wife Miss Joy paddles war canoes and where he plays golf with other land barons and lives la vida aloha? Trade all that for the daily scuffle, angst and turmoil of the NBA in general, and the job of coaching the Warriors in particular? At age 66? What's up with that?
"What's wrong with the Bay Area?" Nelson replied during his welcome-back news conference at the Arena in Oakland on Wednesday evening.
Mike Beas for TribStar.com: Nelson's hiring sends bad message in NBA
The one that dues-paying assistant coaches — black or white — can get passed over any time, any place so that the Hubie Browns, Bob Weisses and Don Nelsons can continually be recycled.
Ron Agostini for The Modesto Bee: Nelson's return can't hurt Warriors Why not? Golden State gives former coach a second chance
- Don Nelson on The Razor and Mr. T (KNBR 680)
- Janny Hu's SF Chronicle Podcast: What Nellie's return means for Baron Davis and rest of Warriors roster
- Dave Del Grande on the Nelson Hiring (Real GM)
Track of the Day: The Roots- "Do You Want More?!??!"
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