Golden State Warriors’ Don Nelson: 70 Year Old Failure Who Can’t Be Fired

November 18th, 2009 by M.T. Karthik Leave a reply »
Caveat: for the purposes of the piece, success is coaching to an NBA title.  Failure, is not.

Man, I love a good, cold, draft beer and hanging out at the pub. And for 20 years, I've really liked Don Nelson because he has always seemed to me like a decent guy.

Chilling in Maui in the offseason, barking at the refs from the sidelines during the season. Then the photos of him in local papers in Oakland and Dallas, frumpy, baseball cap, drinking a beer. A regular guy with great knowledge of one of my favorite games.

Don Nelson is an easy guy to like.

But, as the turmoil in the Bay Area descends into rumour, innuendo, and the exact physical strength of Raja Bell's wrist—does it need metal pins or not? Was ownership confident surgery can come off without the pins? 

Don Nelson stands alone in a glaring spotlight. He has failed and is exposed.

In the last few days a special kind of rage has been reserved for Don Nelson. People will say they hate him, but often stop short of saying really why. We have been obliged to care for him. In fact, you like Don Nelson—and that's why it's so hard to say you hate him, becaus ...

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