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Golden State sale could drag out a while. Sorry Warriors fans.

May 13, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

NBA_nelson_250.jpgThere’s still time for you — the first bids to buy the Golden State Warriors aren’t due until next week. If you have an extra $400 million or so laying around it can be all yours. You can even go in with a couple of your drinking buddies, so you each only have to come up with like $100 million.

Maybe the only guy who can just write a check like that is Larry Ellison (the owner of Oracle Computers) and he is going to put in a bid. But previously his people estimated the value of the franchise at “just” $315 million, and he may well not bid above that. Other bidders such as 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov are sort of in the same boat.

But owner Chris Cohan wants a record, $400 million bid (the record is $401 million for the Suns). Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says this may drag the entire process out.

The sale was expected to go through this summer, but if he doesn’t get the big number he wants, Cohan could just hold on to the team.

Which would be bad for Warriors fans. Don Nelson controls the power structure and dragged this franchise down to 25 wins this season while alienating key players (Monta Ellis) and woefully misusing others (Brandan Wright, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, to name a few). But he did go drinking with them, so that makes up for everything

The franchise needs a strong new leader on the basketball side. Nothing will change until the team is sold. If this drags out, the Warriors will continue to flounder around, a rudderless ship.

  1. Adrian - May 13, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    How was Don Nelson “misusing” the players? Do you realize that the Warriors players had the highest number of games missed, due to injury, in the entire NBA? In order to misuse players, they have to be available to play. Now, I am not a big Don Nelson fan, but we should be fair. Their 25 win season is not his fault.

  2. chris - May 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    agreed

  3. JSpicoli - May 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Maybe his running style leads to injuries. Ever think of that?
    and he does alienate players. It will better for the Warriors if he goes home to Maui.

  4. gswfan4ever - May 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    LOL. Don Nelson dragged this team down to 25 wins??
    what? without don nelson this crap wouldn’t have won 15 games last season, and curry would not be close to become who he became
    lol… otherwise good article

  5. ryan - May 13, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I got 5 on it. So where only 399,999,995 dollars away. Come on guys who else is in?

  6. rich - May 13, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Did this writer watch a single game? I’m sick of people making these ridiculously pedestrian claims about Don Nelson, just repeating what others write, not actually watching the games and blowing the same stale smoke up people’s…rears. All the claims that Nelson doesn’t play rookies? Curry played quite a bit, wouldn’t you say? Randolph was hurt half the season (And, hate to break it to you, the guy is erratic on the floor). Wright the whole season! Morrow? The guy has had a chance to play here more than he would have ANYWHERE else could have possibly! AND he’s inconsistant, and a poor defender. They played most of the season without any big man. Biedrins was hurt most of the season and when he did play was totally out of sync. Played terrible (Damn, proved my Dad right about Biedrins). Truth is winning 26 games(you said 25, further displaying that not only are you an idiot, but you do not know what proper journalism is), playing entertaining basketball for much of it, playing close to .500 ball in the final month for the season with a bunch of rejects and molding a young Curry who improved month to month – which Nelson had nothing to do with that, right? (sarcastic, in case you are too dumb to get that)….Nelson deserves some credit.

  7. warriornative - May 15, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    This dude doesn’t know anything. He even wrote Oracle Computers.

  8. Mike Hughes - May 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Yeah, running is bad. To protect them, put couches and tv’s in the middle of the court.

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