Tuesday , Sep , 11 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Don Nelson & Chris Cohan’s Dispute Risks Future Of Golden State Warriors

That goodwill and momentum is gone. All of it. The Warriors, instead of using their 2006-07 season to turn the corner as a franchise, still resemble the dysfunctional bunch that missed the playoffs for twelve straight years …

The Contra Costa Times updates Don Nelson’s situation with the Warriors:

Warriors coach Don Nelson, profoundly unhappy with the way his contract negotiations are going, plans on flying home to Hawaii after having spent several weeks in the Bay Area hoping to cement reworked details for the two years remaining on his deal. Jeff Van Gundy, fired by the Rockets in May, is unemployed, but he would most likely require an outlay of $5 million or more.

My Quick Take: The longer Nelson’s contract dispute goes on, the worse everybody looks. Coach Nelson, owner Chris Cohan, and the entire franchise are starting to look unprofessional and unprepared.

Last year, the Warriors benefited from Nelson and Cohan putting past differences aside and working together. And because of Golden State‘s success, a trip to the playoffs and first round win over , Nelson and Cohan received league-wide accolades and praise. ‘We Believe’ was the NBA’s feel-good story.

That goodwill and momentum is gone. All of it. The Warriors, instead of using their 2006-07 season to turn the corner as a franchise, still resemble the dysfunctional bunch that missed the playoffs for twelve straight years.

Nelson and Cohan are both wrong, too. Nelson has a contract. He’s renegotiating and should be flexible in negotiations. But Cohan has to do more keep to keep his coach happy. For years, he overpaid Mike Dunleavy Jr., Troy Murphy, and Adonal Foyle, so what’s the issue with paying Nelson what he’s actually worth?

Both Nelson and Cohan have a lot to lose. Nelson’s legacy will be forever ruined if he quits the Warriors and permanently retires to Maui. His personality quirks will have overshadowed his coaching genius. And the Warriors instantly fall back to laughingstock status if Cohan loses his veteran sideline boss.

Nelson and Cohan should stop being stubborn. Their reputations and the fate of the Warriors is at stake.

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