Golden State Warriors

Memo To Warriors: Just Ditch Don Nelson Please

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 7: Head coach Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves during a basketball game at Target Center on April 7, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Warriors defeated the Timberwolves 116-107. 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 Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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Brandon BergContributor IJuly 2, 2010

Let me start off by saying if it weren't for Don Nelson, the 12 year playoff drought wouldn't have ended yet. However, that team was not built to last, especially in the brutal Western Conference. Ever since the historic 06-07 season, Don Nelson has managed to self destruct the franchise. Let's take a look at what he's best at.

1. He squanders young talent every year. Let's try and be a little bit fair in saying the Warriors have drafted a lot of busts lately, but I'm not convinced that Anthony Randolph is or even Brendan Wright. They just don't get any minutes with Nelson. If you aren't a freak athlete or great shooter, you won't get time. Randolph would be starting on nearly any other team. He averaged 11.6 ppg and 6.5 rpg in just 22 minutes! If given a full time starting job, he would more than likely average a double-double.

2. His tactics do not work. He tries to run and run and run against teams all the while forgetting about defense. Who needs defense? The Lakers and Celtics can play defense but they didn't do very well. . . Defense is crucial. Just ask the Suns.

3. He plays favorites and has his own little rotation even when it's obviously not working. This team is in turmoil, whether it be playing time, or just sick of losing. Thank you, Don Nelson.

The Warriors just drafted Ekpe Udoh in the 2010 draft. He is a great athlete and shot blocker, but the only thing that could hold him back in Nelson's system is his average offensive game. I think Udoh could be a great player but please, Warriors management, whoever it may be in the near future, hopefully not the current one, get rid of Mr. Don Nelson. I think I speak for most of the Warriors fans when I say, thank you for a couple good years, but it's time to move on.

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