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2011 outlook: David Lee

Continuing a series that looks at the players on the Warriors roster this season and the expectations I have for them, we turn our attention to David Lee, the big offseason acquisition and all-star power forward for this squad: When the Warriors traded for David Lee during the offseason, it finally gave hope to those Warriors fans who were tired of watching small ball. The Warriors, bereft of a legitimate big man for years, finally had one. Lee is a talented offensive player,… Read More »

Smart to replace Nelson as head coach

Multiple sources are reporting that Don Nelson and the Warriors will part ways, with assistant coach Keith Smart replacing Nelson as head coach of the Warriors. CSN Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz reported that Nelson will make the move official Monday, in time for the start of training camp, which begins Tuesday. The Warriors open the regular season Oct. 27 against the Houston Rockets. Nelson is the NBA’s all-time coaching leader in victories with 1,335 wins. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that… Read More »

Money + Curry = 1 more season with Nelson?

Whether you like it or not, it’s seeming more likely that Don Nelson will return to coach the Warriors for the start of the 2010-11 season. Nelson, who has led the Warriors to 29 and 26 wins the past two seasons, is owed $6 million in the final year of his deal, which expires at the end of this season. That’s chip No. 1 in Nelson’s pocket, and possibly the most important piece to the puzzle. Chip No. 2 —… Read More »

Illuminating interview with Biedrins

Wow. Andris Biedrins gave a lengthy interview in which he speaks candidly about last season and his career thus far in the NBA. Suffice it to say, it’s not very flattering to the Warriors organization, Don Nelson or his teammates. The great team at warriorsworld.net translated the interview and provided the highlights. Read it here. Here’s one juicy excerpt: I can tell you right now, about our team, most of my teammates are egoists. But what can you do?  It’s… Read More »

Riley makes list of NBA GMs with most challenging jobs

Shaun Powell of NBA.com has a Top 10 list of the general managers in the NBA with the most challenging jobs this coming season. Read it here. Not surprisingly, Warriors GM Larry Riley is on the list at No. 4 with this explanation: Could be a front-office casualty, with new ownership prepared to take over and change the culture. Warriors just finished a hapless decade, second only to the Knicks. Was responsible for giving big extension to Stephen Jackson, then watched… Read More »

Steinmetz: What Lacob should do with Nelson, Riley and Rowell

Another good link today, this time from CSN Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz, who has a detailed look at Joe Lacob’s upcoming decisions on what to do with Warriors coach Don Nelson, general manager Larry Riley and president Robert Rowell. I won’t give away all the details here, but Steinmetz’s take is replace Nelson with assistant Keith Smart, keep Riley and keep Rowell around, but change his title and put him in charge of aiding with the new owners’ transition period. It’s… Read More »

Thompson: Nelson likely to stay on

Marcus Thompson II is reporting that the timing of the Warriors sale indicates that Don Nelson is likely to stay on and complete the final season of his contract with the Warriors. It’s a great article with a lot of insight into the sales process and how that is impacting any personnel moves the Warriors new owners would like to make. Click here to read Thompson’s article. Here’s an excerpt: Lacob says he wants a relatively young coach. Finding that person… Read More »

Trading Monta Ellis: Part 1

Are the Warriors going to trade Monta Ellis? Nobody really knows for sure. It seems like dealing Ellis and Andris Biedrins and their large contracts may be a priority for the new owners, but there’s no concrete evidence they feel that way. ESPN ran with a reference from Tim Kawakami’s blog and made a big deal that the Warriors might be looking to deal Ellis and Biedrins and fire Don Nelson. I think the Worldwide Leader tried to make a… Read More »

Randolph: Time with Warriors a “learning experience”

Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times has an interview with former Warriors forward Anthony Randolph, now a member of the New York Knicks. Randolph answered a few questions about his time with the Warriors and his relationship with Warriors coach Don Nelson: Question: Did you feel like you escaped from Golden State? Anthony Randolph: It was a situation, I was hurt. I wasn’t getting a lot of playing time before I was hurt. I think Nellie probably saw me… Read More »

A wonderful achievement for Nelson

Congratulations to Don Nelson for becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in coaching victories with 1,333. I’ll write more about the impressive feat later, but for now I wanted to get up a quick entry to congratulate Nelson. It’s a great accomplishment.