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“And I look forward to seeing all of you in four or five years when we have the next Nellie retirement party in another town.”
While he has always been a very complimentary figure who has shown his appreciation for his players and opponents alike, Pop has never shied away from taking a jab at some of his rivals from time to time. He did it in 2008 when he voiced a strong negative opinion concerning the NBA’s lack of a “trade committee” after the Pau Gasol to L.A. deal was announced, and he does it here as well.
It is no secret that the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs have a fierce rivalry that continues to get more dramatic as the years go on. When Don Nelson (“Nellie”) was coach in Dallas, the teams during that era experienced a fair amount of regular season success, but always failed to do anything in the playoffs.
So, what we have here is a joke against Nellie’s future state, in which retirement is omnipresent. I still do not think that he is completely done after his latest stint with the Golden State Warriors.