Bust of the Week: Why Golden State Warriors won’t fire Don Nelson
After all, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. And the Warriors still had two of the oldest dogs -owner Chris Cohan and Coach Don Nelson. For years, Cohan had treated the club like his own banana republic. Soon after bringing back Nelson from the coaching scrap heap, Cohan gave the mad-scientist sideline boss unchecked power …
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This Week’s Bust: Chris Cohan, Don Nelson and the Golden State Warriors.
Why: Two years ago, they made you and me believe.
After years of issues, the Golden State Warriors captivated the basketball world with a memorable playoff run known as ‘We Believe’. The franchise looked poised to turn the corner and become relevant in the Western Conference.
Well, I was wrong. You were wrong. We were naive and shouldn’t have gotten our hopes up.
After all, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. And the Warriors still had two of the oldest dogs -owner Chris Cohan and Coach Don Nelson. For years, Cohan had treated the club like his own banana republic. Soon after bringing back Nelson from the coaching scrap heap, Cohan gave the mad-scientist sideline boss unchecked power.
And Nelson has lost control, chasing friend-turned-foe Chris Mullin out of the fiefdom and clashing with nearly the entire roster. Today, the Warriors are a mess, overtaking the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Isiah Thomas led New York Knicks as the league’s most embarrassing franchise.
This week, I had a false glimmer of hope. Change was supposedly coming. Reports had Nelson leaving the sideline to accept a cushy advisor position and the coaching reins would be handed to promising assistant Keith Smart.
Again, I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up. The palace coup was over before it ever began. Nelson immediately shot down this rumour; his lackeys in the front office also had his back. Then it hit me. The veteran coach isn’t going anywhere with two-years and $12 million remaining on his contract.
No team in this economy, especially the Warriors, will eat that salary and pay for another coach. Nelson is staying for at least another year. Maybe more. The Stephen Jackson saga doesn’t matter. Neither do his problems with Monta Ellis or his mishandling of rookie Stephen Curry.
That much-needed coaching change isn’t happening. So I won’t believe. I won’t let these Golden State Warriors fool me again. I suggest you do the same.
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