Don Nelson: I Can’t Be Myself Any More
After a few minutes: "You said, ‘What’s been disappointing?’ " Nelson interjects.
"I tell you what’s been disappointing. That I can’t be myself anymore. That I have to be careful what I say because everybody reads so much into whatever it is I try to be honest about that I can’t even talk about things that I used to. I used to be very free with the media. Very open, free and honest, and I’m not allowed to do that anymore. That’s probably the worst thing that’s happened."
In the very Bay Area market he twice has conquered, as coach from 1988 to 1995 in the days of the panting scoreboard with Run TMC and then returning in 2006 to marshal the We Believe Warriors to the stunning ’07 playoff win over the Mavericks, Nelson is taking a public-relations beating. He is sure the cause is inaccurate reporting from two beat writers and the bloggers, particularly San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami. Accurate, inaccurate, somewhere in between, Nellie has been getting hit hard.