The Golden State Warrior Players Have Given Up on Don Nelson

Steven ResnickSenior Writer INovember 9, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30: Head coach Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors yells against the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA game on March 30, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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After watching another pathetic effort by the Golden State Warriors against the Sacramento Kings, it has become clear that the Warrior players have given up on Don Nelson.

The question is, how can you blame them? Nelson is one of the most overrated coaches in NBA history. When he has the right system, his teams can be pretty competitive, when it's not the right system, then his teams are awful.

That latter description is what suits the Warriors for this season. If it were any other NBA franchise, Nelson would be fired, but since Larry Riley is basically Nelon's right hand, Warriors fans are going to have to endure another pathetic season.

So far, this season has been disgraceful. There's no rhythm to this team, there's no plays, it's mostly one-on-one moves, questionable shot selection, and careless mistakes, and it's not going to stop anytime soon.

What's even more embarrassing for the Warriors, is the fact that the team has been blown out by two of the weaker teams in the NBA in the Los Angeles Clippers, and now the Sacramento Kings.

As a Warrior fan, even though the team is going to be awful again this year, the most disappointing thing has been the lack of playing time for Anthony Randolph. I'm not buying the excuse that he's so injured that the Warriors are trying to protect him from further injuring himself.

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I think it's just another excuse by Nelson not to play a young player. If you have followed Nelson enough, he does not like playing rookies, and prefers veteran players.

With Stephen Curry, so far I can honestly say he's been disappointing as well, although he has shown flashes of brilliance. Curry needs to start being more aggressive, and to look for his shot, rather than just looking for other teammates.

Defensively, again the team has no clue how to play. Against the Kings, within the first three minutes of the second quarter, the Warriors were already in the penalty, because they weren't moving their feet.

I admit, it I was wrong expecting the Warriors to start off the season well, especially since their season started off with the Houston Rockets without Yao Ming, or Tracy McGrady, I figured they'd lose to the Phoenix Suns, I had them beating the Memphis Grizzlies, which was their only victory of the year so far; the Warriors should have at least played close to the Clippers, but were blown out, and the Warriors should have beaten the Sacramento Kings, but again, were blown out.

Instead of being 4-1 the Warriors are 1-4. You can blame it on the Warriors being a young team, at worst by this point the Warriors should be 3-2. But, from the looks of things the Warriors have given up already.

The Warriors aren't even competitive, and I leave you with this: How much worse is it going to get before it gets better?

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