Can you call Nelson the NBA’s all-time winningest coach when he led zero championship charges from the sidelines to Phil Jackson’s history making 10?
The small-ball pioneer spent several years chasing down Lenny Wilkens victory record, while his team lost more dignity than Larry King in a divorce court and more shine than a toilet in an Alcatraz cell.
A recent ad for the Golden State Warriors features players reciting the words “pride, passion, and commitment.” The franchise will not possess any of those qualities until GM Larry Riley fires Nelson and finds a coach who gives a damn about defense and consistent appearances in the ‘W’ column.
In his so-called glory days, he left the arena after an ejection to watch the remainder of the game with fans at a bar.
A memorable post-game moment from the 2007 playoffs: he brought his beer to the podium and waxed philosophical after a loss.
The passion is gone. His Picasso-like offense doesn’t win squat when it’s time to get serious.
What other coach would play Stephen Jackson at center? While that may look humorous on the court, it doesn’t win games.
With 1,333 victories in his back pocket, Nelson should do the great Bay Area fans a favor and call it quits. The only reason for Riley to keep Nelson around is being his buddy.
The spoils system still exists.
The Warriors too often do not play hard. Their defense is more penetrable than the Octomom. How can a winning coach allow any opponent to tally 90 points in the paint without any resistance?
The Spurs did that a few weeks ago.
The Warriors scored more than 100 points in that game. And lost. Because they gave up 147 points.
Talk of rookie Stephen Curry as the future face of the franchise means nothing when the team cannot even live up to the message of its advertisements.
Don Nelson ranks as the all-time winningest coach…if you like stand-up comedy.