Hi y’all, welcome to my new blog. I’m a Golden State Warriors fan, and this blog will be dedicated to following the team’s progress. I will be trying to post after every game with my analysis. Occasionally pre-game as well if I anticipate that a particular matchup will be intriguing. Don Nelson is the most creative coach in the league, and I get a kick out of trying to anticipate how he will deal with difficult matchups. Maggette on Aldridge? Harrington on Yao? Jackson on Nowitzki? Jackson on Chris Paul? Biedrins on David West? Nellie rarely disappoints in this regard. He’s the best in the league at making adjustments, mixing and matching, completely unafraid to try something new. Some of his experiments go down in flames. But a great many more are successful beyond measure, and all are entertaining regardless of success. If you enjoy watching the Warriors, and watching the great basketball mind of Don Nelson in action, you might enjoy this blog.
If you can’t tell already, I’m a huge Don Nelson fan. (That alone distinguishes me from the great bellowing herd of current bloggers.) I love his creativity. I love the fast-break, run and gun style he cultivates. I love the freedom to create he gives his best players. It leads to some of the most beautiful basketball on earth. Anyone who watched his RunTMC Warriors or the Nash-Nowitzki-Finley Mavericks (I’m too “young” to have watched his terrific Bucks teams) should know what I’m talking about.
I also believe — again contrary to the great mass of current Warriors bloggers — that Don Nelson’s style can win. Not just regular-season games, but championships. Nellie’s never won a championship, but no one can convince me that he would not have won the title with the Mavericks in 2003 if Dirk Nowitzki hadn’t injured his knee in Game 3 of the Western Conference Championships against the Spurs. The Mavs led the league in point differential in the 2002-03 season, which is the stat that is the most predictive of the eventual world champion (50% success rate). More to the point, the Mavs had proved difficult for the Spurs all season long, and before Nowitzki went down in Game 3, they had already seized the home-court advantage.
A tragedy for Nelson, no doubt. To me, though, it adds to the Quixotic aura that surrounds the man and his life-long quest. And it certainly adds to the Sisyphean task of taking his side against all the haters that currently infest the Warriors blogosphere. But take that side I will. I love watching Don Nelson coached teams above all others. Hopefully I’ll be able to communicate some of that feeling to those who join me here.