Category Archives: Don Nelson

The Verge of Valhalla: Warriors 113 Raptors 112

“We shall fight on the beaches, We shall fight on the landing grounds, We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, We shall fight in the hills; We shall never surrender…” — Winston Churchill

It was appropriate that Nellie got his 1,332nd NBA coaching win — tying him with Lenny Wilkens for the most wins in league history — in this game. A game that featured a short-handed team of scrappy underdogs, playing for nothing but him, on the road against a superstar-led playoff team, fighting for its very life.  A game which required Nellie to play his patented small-ball right from the very tip.  A game which required every ounce of his creativity and savvy right down to the final seconds.

In short, a game that no NBA coach in history was likely to have won, save Don Nelson.

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Thoughts on the New Orleans Game

Don Nelson: Can we just take a moment to admire what Don Nelson did in his management of Hunter and Tolliver’s minutes?  Rather than match up conventionally, Nellie used Tolliver at center to start the game, pulling Okafor out of the lane.  If you want a reason why Tolliver scored 30 points, its because Nellie made him a focus of the offense going at Okafor, not David West.

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Thoughts on the Laker Game

Stephen Curry: Is going to become the best pick and roll guard in the NBA since Nash and Paul.  His work last night with Chris Hunter was incredible.  If Curry can find the seams against the best defense in the league, working with a D-leaguer, what can’t he do?

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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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Curry to Watson: Warriors 108 Hawks 104

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”  —  Silvio Dante, quoting Michael Corleone.

At 6:05 of the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry received the ball under his own basket, looked up court and threw a 70 foot chest pass that hit a double-covered CJ Watson in the hands for a layup.  This sensational play capped a 16-0 Warriors run that tied the game at 95, and sent the Oracle into delirium. And thanks to the good folks at Golden State of Mind, the Thaiblonde and I were right in the midst of the madness.  We were eight rows back behind the backboard jumping up in joyous disbelief as Watson caught the ball over his shoulder and layed in the reverse.

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No Show: Hornets 123 Warriors 110

It’s been a long hard season, and Feltbot is worn down and needs an optimism IV. So how about a one-sentence recap: Chris Paul showed up, and the Warriors didn’t.

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Respect: Nuggets 123 Warriors 118

Did you enjoy watching this game?  Does the effort that this skeleton Warriors team gave against the second best team in the West mean something to you as a fan?  It does to me. Every player on this Warriors team has earned my respect this season.       Continue reading

Big Again: Warriors 103 Celtics 99

Back to back games with a real NBA center available.  Back to back games in which the Warriors looked like a real team.  Back to back great wins against two of the best teams in the league.

Coincidence? Virtually every Bay Area sportswriter and blogger, not to mention every NBA writer on the planet, has been telling you that the Warriors are a mess, and that the problem lies with Don Nelson.  He’s washed up, he can’t communicate with today’s player, the league has caught up with him, he’s destroying this franchise.

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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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Big and Beautiful: Warriors 132 Phoenix 127

My recap of this game was posted on Golden State of Mind.  Post your comments here or there, I will be checking both.