Category Archives: Crazy Nellie

Crazy Nellie: Don Nelson the GM

It struck me today while contemplating the latest batch of ignorant and vicious propaganda regarding Don Nelson to be secreted out of the San Jose Mercury News, that while everyone is agitating over the decision whether to bring Don Nelson back as the coach of the Golden State Warriors, no one is discussing whether it might be worth while to bring him back as the de facto GM of the Warriors, or re-hire him as a “godfather” and paid consultant after his contract is up.  This is a great oversight by the Bay Area media, which, of course, is what we’ve come to expect from these paragons of journalism.  I wish to correct this oversight.  Let’s discuss Don Nelson the GM.

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Crazy Nellie: Why Don Nelson is the Best Coach for the Warriors

Tim Kawakami has just published a piece in the Merc calling for the firing of Don Nelson.  I disagree essentially with every line of what he has written, and in particular with his conclusion.  I think it would be a huge mistake for the Warriors to fire Nellie.  Here is my rebuttal.

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Crazy Nellie: The End of the Hornets Game

“A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.”  – Euripides

In the recent Warriors game against the New Orleans Hornets, the Hornets had the ball and were up by 2 with 0:36 left in the game, when they called timeout. This was the key possession of the game.  If the Hornets could run the clock down and make a shot, the game was over.  The Warriors needed to get a stop.

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Crazy Nellie: The Randolph Conundrum

“…a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”            – Winston Churchill

Now that Jackson is gone, and the Ellis/Curry backcourt is no longer as controversial as it was, the Bay Area media have picked up a new hammer to beat Don Nelson over the head with: the playing time of the Warriors tantalizingly gifted young big man, Anthony Randolph.  After witnessing last night’s game, overhearing an interesting comment by Coach Keith Smart, and coming across an article on the Suns’ tantalizingly gifted young big man, Earl Clark,  I feel ready to drop my thoughts on this matter:

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Crazy Nellie: The Ellis/Curry Backcourt

“There is no great genius without some insanity.”   –Seneca

This is the introduction to what will be a recurring feature here.  Most of the NBA commentators, journalists and statistics-peddlers around the league think that Don Nelson is batshit crazy.  In the Bay Area, you can adjust that number upward, to close to 100%.  I will credit Scott Ostler for evincing a hint, or an undertone, or perhaps a suspicion, that Nellie is crazy like a fox, but he stands alone.  There is no doubt among the rest of the Bay Area sportswriters that Don Nelson belongs in Maui, under 24 hour lock-down, in the ward for believers in up-tempo basketball (just down the hall from Napolean complexes), in the asylum for the criminally insane. Continue reading