Don Nelson Trying to Impress Warriors' New Future Owner?

K ShakranSenior Analyst IMarch 28, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 27:  Head coach Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors shouts to his team during their game against the New Orleans Hornets at Oracle Arena on January 27, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Don Nelson has expressed interest and apparent "excitement" at coaching the Golden State Warriors' Summer League squad this upcoming off-season in Las Vegas.

It's overly clear, however, that the 69-year-old head coach knows that he has some work to do in order to impress the yet-to-come owner of this franchise.

Summer league is the start, though?

Nelson has studied the upcoming season schedule and might have just figured out that getting those four wins in order to surpass Lenny Wilkins on the all-time win record could prove arduous.

Therefore, with his slick mind, he decided to inform the public that he intends to coach the young and blossoming Warriors' players this summer.

Why does Nelson, abruptly, announce he wants to coach the young stars when he has done little-to-no coaching the past two seasons?

He has allowed his top assistant, Keith Smart, to occasionally take over games and has permitted other assistants to coach during crunch time in games.

When backup guard CJ Watson was called up from the D- League for a 10-day contract two seasons ago, he had to say this about his new experience with the Warriors: "One thing that shocked me was during a timeout, coach [Don] Nelson doesn't say nothing. He just sits there and rubs his head and will occasionally draw up a play every now and then."

What is the real motive, then, behind this announcement, coach Nelson?

"I'm thinking about coaching the summer league this year just so I can put them in those (point) situations...where they're used to it going into training camp next year."

Maybe Nelson has announced this a desperation move to collect the remaining $6 million on his 2-year $12 million extension awarded to him by the Warriors' owner, Chris Cohan, last summer.

Nelson would rather coach a D-League team than lose a nickel he is owed from any NBA team...even if he knows he doesn't truly deserve it.

Before Cohan's announcement to officially put the team on sale, Nelson was guaranteed a come-back to the Bay Area last year. Now, with talk about a new owner taking the team over by August, Nelson's horrific coaching duties are in jeopardy.

The only way Nelson thinks he can protect his job is to show commitment to the young talent on this team because he very well knows that the new owner, whoever it is, will strip him off his job first. It won't be Warriors' president Robert Rowell who goes first, it will be Nelson.

On the other hand, perhaps the 69-year-old thinks that Summer League wins count towards the all-time record he's chasing, as Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski expressed through his Twitter account to CSN Bay Area NBA insider, Matt Steinmetz.

If that's the case, Nelson does need this summer league coaching experience so he can clear his mind on the poker table.