Don Nelson Rumors
In other words, the revolution that Nash started in Phoenix — echoing previous attempts by Don Nelson with the Warriors in the 1990s — came full circle a week ago in Cleveland. “We were a little early,” said Nash, who retired this year after an injury-plagued last three years with the Lakers. “I mean, maybe if we would have got a few more bounces we would have won and we would have broken through that barrier, but that train of thought broke over the last 10 years, and I mean, I think the vindication for Mike is that this series ended up being a small-ball series for the meat of it.”
Riley also liked that Curry was the son of a successful and respected ex-NBA player. Riley sold then-Warriors coach Don Nelson on Curry as well. Austin and Dell Curry still tried to keep the Warriors away from Stephen Curry. But Austin told then-Knicks president Donnie Walsh that unless they could trade up, he expected Golden State to draft Curry. Austin said Walsh didn’t believe him because the Warriors already had guard Monta Ellis. “I said, ‘Larry, I like you a lot and respect you a lot, but don’t take Steph. This is not the right place for him,’ ” Austin said. “We wanted him in New York.” Said Riley: “Dell was the same way. He was almost cold.”
Diamond Leung: Great look at Joe Lacob from @Tim Kawakami reminds me of Lacob comments at venture capitalists luncheon on Don Nelson. Joe Lacob: “I fired Don Nelson before I even owned the team. I got in trouble for that. I got fined. They say, ‘You can’t fire (Don Nelson). You don’t own the team.’ I said, ‘No, I am. I’m firing him.’ I turned to Peter Guber & I said, ‘They r terrible. We r terrible.’ That was my 1st reaction (1st game). It was just an awful team.” Four years later, Warriors not so terrible.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career. Popovich has received the league’s top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. In a career full of masterful coaching performances, Popovich may have delivered his best in season No. 18.