Incompetency Reigns Supreme: Cohan's Coaches as Warriors' Owner
Chris Cohan finally sold the Golden State Warriors for a NBA record $450 million. For Warrior fans this is one of the best days for the franchise in nearly two decades, because the incompetent Cohan is finally gone.
If it weren't for Donald Sterling owning the Los Angeles Clippers, Cohan's reign as owner would be the worst in NBA history. Under the ownership of Cohan, the Warriors went from playoff team to perpetual losers in every aspect of the word.
Only twice did the Warriors make the playoffs during his tenure: 2006-2007 when the Warriors took out the Dallas Mavericks, and in the 1990s when the Warriors had players such as Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, and Latrell Sprewell.
Here's a look at the coaches the Warriors have had under the ownership of Cohan.
Coach Number One: Don Nelson
Don Nelson didn't last long under Cohan's watch.
What really has Warriors fans upset with the move is that instead of firing Nelson before the season started, he allowed him to coach and get his way because Nelson wasn't getting along with Chris Webber.
That signaled the beginning of the fall of the franchise. The team that won 50 games the season before was now a 26 win lottery team.
Coach Number Two: Bob Lanier
Bob Lanier went onto become the interim coach after Nelson was fired.
Lanier didn't fair very well as the interim coach, as the team went 12-25 in the 37 games that Lanier coached.
Coach Number Three: Rick Adelman
Rick Adelman has always been a good coach.
Unfortunately for him, he wasn't provided with players that would give Golden State the best shot at winning. The team proved to be impatient with him after he failed to show results.
So, after only two seasons as the coach for the Warriors, he was fired. In the two seasons with the Warriors, Adelman's teams went 66-98.
Coach Number Four: P.J. Carlesimo
The fourth coach that was hired was P.J. Carlesimo, one of the worst coaches the NBA has ever seen. He'll alway be remembered as the one who was attacked by Latrell Sprewell.
Carlesijmo is just another example of why it's extremely difficult for college coaches to find success in the NBA. The way a coach communicates with a professional player and a college player is completely different.
There's not as much control as you would have if you were at the college level and even at the college level the school wants to see results.
Somehow Carlesimo survived for two plus season being replaced after 27 games in what would have been his third season.
In his time with the Warriors he went 46-113.
Coach Number Five: Gary St. Jean
Gary St. Jean took over for Carleismo and like Lanier was only there to finish the season.
Under the direction of St. Jean the Warriors went 13-42 the remainder of the season.
Coach Number Six: Dave Cowens
I'm not sure what the rationale was behind hiring Dave Cowens but he was clueless as coach of the Warriors.
He barely made it past a full seasons as coach. In the one plus season with the franchise as the team went 25-80.
Coach Number Seven: Eric Musselman
Eric Musselman had his own way of thinking that got him in trouble with the upper management of the Warriors.
Under his direction the Warriors had some of their better seasons of the decade because he actually had them playing defense and playing with discipline.
Unfortunately, since he didn't get along well with management he was fired after two years and posting a record of 75-89.
Coach Number Eight: Mike Montgomery
In a surprising hiring looked to the college ranks again this time with Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. He had the Warriors play a little more at a up and down pace.
That didn't go too well as the Warriors went 64-96 under the direction of Montgomery who was fired after two seasons.
Coach Number Nine: Don Nelson Again
Nelson came back for his second stint with the franchise. In his first season back it didn't look like the Warriors were going to be making the playoffs again, but the Warriors went on a tear during the second half of the season.
Eventually the Warriors ended up with a 42-40 record and a playoff berth, the first one since he had led the team to the playoffs in 1993-1994. The Warriors then surprised the NBA by taking out the Dallas Mavericks, the number one seed.
But the happiness didn't last for very long. The Warriors the next season won 48 games, but did not make the playoffs.
That's when it became apparent that it was the second coming of what happened with Webber.
In his second stint with the franchise Nelson has gone 145-183.
Best Coach in Cohan's Tenure: Nelson
There were nine coaching changes with eight different coaches for the Warriors during Cohan's tenure and the only one able to do anything with his teams was Nelson.
He guided the teams that made it to the playoffs and he also coached the two teams with the most amounts of wins in a season.