Respect The Don.
Q: What's more entertaining than the remaining 12 games of this painfully boring and uneventful Golden State Warriors season?
A: Well a lot of things, but tonight's edition of Chronicle Live on CSN Bay Area hosted by the legendary Greg Papa featuring a live full hour interview of the NBA's all-time winningest head coach Don Nelson is definitely on that list.
Jump for a few questions I'm still wondering and the CSN Bay Area press release!
- An injured, undermanned, and underdog Warriors team played their hearts out every night for Coach Don Nelson last season even though it looked like they didn't have a chance in hell on paper. The #7 pick in the 2009 draft shocked everyone under Nellie's tutelage and exposed all those haters that screamed "Nellie hates rookies!" as simply foolish. In the offseason the Warriors added a fabulous power forward in David Lee and very solid small forward in Dorell Wright for Nellieball. So why did the Warriors do the most illogical thing possible and fire Nellie?
- How does a guy like Robert Rowell who oversaw such contract albatrosses as the deals for Derek Fisher, Adonal Foyle, Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis, and Andris Biedrins still have a job as an executive with this organization, but the only head coach that has taken this sorry franchise to the playoffs since 1988 (NINETEEN EIGHTY-EIGHT for crying out loud!) gets a pink slip?
- How many times would the Warriors have made the playoffs and made some serious noise under Nellie if Chris Cohan wasn't the worst owner in all of sports and Chris Mullin wasn't ruining this franchise with absolutely silly moves like trading Jason Richardson for Brandan Wright and gift wrapping a #1 draft pick for Marcus Williams?
- Where are all the Nellie haters who inanely screamed at him for not playing Mullin busts such as Ike Diogu, Patrick O'Bryant, Marco Belinelli, Brandan Wright, and Anthony Randolph? Again, you don't know hoops like Nellie, so quit questioning the legend. Again, you just look foolish.
- Can the Warriors please add Nellie on as a consultant or VP-type? Say what you will about his coaching energy (though the haters who claim this obviously didn't watch the last game of last season: Golden State of Heart), but there's no denying that Nellie has an eye for talent and knows how to resurrect NBA franchises from the living dead.
- Will it take Nellie coming back for a third time in 2020 for this team to make the playoffs again?!
Thanks to Jay dela Cruz from CSN Bay Area for forwarding us the press release:
DON NELSON JOINS COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA’S
"CHRONICLE LIVE" ON MONDAY, MARCH 21 AT 9:00 P.M. PT
NBA's All-Time Winningest Coach to Appear in Special Prime Time Edition of "Chronicle Live"
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the home of "Authentic Bay Area Sports," presents a special prime time edition of Chronicle Live featuring former Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson on Monday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. PT. Nelson will joinChronicle Live host Greg Papa for an unprecedented, live, one-hour interview to discuss his illustrious career spanning over four decades in the National Basketball Association as a player, coach and general manager. Video excerpts will be available on CSNBayArea.com following the live program.
Monday’s Chronicle Live will replay at 11:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and will re-air at 12:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet California. Chronicle Live is also available on Comcast Digital Cable's ON DEMAND Channel 1. For more information, visit CSNBayArea.com.
Nelson is the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with a record 1,335 wins. His coaching stints in four NBA cities include the Milwaukee Bucks (1976-1987), the Golden State Warriors (1988-1995, 2006-2010), the New York Knicks (1995-1996) and the Dallas Mavericks (1997-2005). He is one of only two coaches in league history (joining Pat Riley) to earn NBA Coach of the Year honors on three different occasions (1983 and 1985 with Milwaukee, 1992 with Golden State). Nelson was named one of the top-10 coaches in NBA history during the league's 50th anniversary season.
In 14 seasons as an NBA player, Nelson averaged 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 1,053 contests. He was drafted in 1962 by the Chicago Zephyrs (19th overall) and spent one season with the team before he was picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers. After two seasons in Los Angeles, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics in October 1965, where he played for 11 seasons. During his time with the Celtics, he was a member of five NBA Championship teams (1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, and 1976). His #19 uniform was retired and raised to the Boston Garden rafters in 1978, honoring him as one of basketball’s greatest "sixth men."
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