The Two Faces Of Don Nelson: What His Resignation Means For The Warriors

September 24th, 2010 by Dan Mori Leave a reply »
Don Nelson will step down as coach of the Golden State Warriors, effective this coming Monday.  Now is an appropriate time to look at the positives and negatives, during his tenure with the Warriors.

There are two sides to this story.  Don Nelson is not the awful coach that many in the media and the fan base portray him as.  Sure, he has had his problems, but there is also plenty of good he has contributed to the Warriors. 

Don Nelson is the winningest coach in NBA history, with a record of 1335 - 1063.  Sure he has never coached a team to a world championship, but that is not entirely his fault. 

Even Phil Jackson would not have won titles in Chicago without Michael Jordan or in LA without Shaq and Kobe Bryant.

A basketball coach can definitely make an impact, but you need the talent, also.  Don Nelson has never had the team with the best talent. 

His best squads were in the east, with the Milwaukee teams of Bob Lanier and Sydney Moncrief.  Unfortunately for Nelson, he had to deal with the Celtics and 76ers, two superior juggernauts, at the time. 

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