Golden State Warriors Downfall: Don Nelson, Stephen Jackson Argue at Shootaround

K ShakranSenior Analyst IDecember 20, 2008

According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News on his blog Talking Points, Golden State Warriors' head coach Don Nelson and captain Stephen Jackson were involved in an argument during Monday's shootaround before the Orlando Magic game that took place in Oracle Arena.

The Warriors seemingly announced the Jackson had missed shootaround due to having a "short spell" with the flu.

It turns out, apparently, that the "two symbols" of this disoriented NBA franchise were quarreling in the head coach's car!

According to Kawakami, a close source informed him that Nelson called Jackson over to have a little talk in his car. The words that came out of Nelson's mouth, apparently angered Jackson.

Kawakami writes: "Nelson told Jackson that he had recently been the worst Warriors player on the floor, which is not what SJax expected or wanted to hear."

Jackson disagreed stridently with the 68-year-old second winningest coach in the history of the game, and exited the coach's car. This was the prime reason to why Jackson was not present during shoot-around.

"Several players were very aware of the whole situation. Very, very aware. It’s getting around the league now.

"The Warriors said SJax missed the shoot-around because of the flu, but Jackson was at Oracle in plenty of time for the game that night and never mentioned flu symptoms that I know of," Kawakami further writes.

To top the night off, Jackson shot poorly from the field in that game and did not like Nelson's comments about his injured hand.

Another Report: Don Nelson Surrendering His Defensive Responsibilities

After the Warriors' "tolerable" loss to the Hawks last night, Nelson reportedly announced that he will give assistant coaches Keith Smart and Sidney Moncrief the responsibility of focusing on defense.

"I've decided to identify one of my weaknesses at this point of my life," Nelson said. "I'm not tough enough anymore. I'm getting soft as I get older and I feel like I haven't done a very good job defensively this year."

The Warriors currently rank as the worst NBA team in points allowed at 112.1 points!

Recently acquired combo guard Jamal Crawford seemed shocked when he heard the changes.

"This is the first I've heard of it," Crawford said. "I hope it works...We need to get better."


Chris Broussard, senior writer for ESPN the Magazine, said that Nelson recently told Anthony Randolph to have his agent start looking into trades because it is not working out here! (Source: Matt Steinmetz, the Golden State Warriors' examiner at the San Francisco Examiner)