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Don Nelson chooses Maui over Las Vegas

Jun 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

NBA_nelson_250.jpgAt one point last season, Warriors coach Don Nelson publicly said he might coach the team’s Summer League entry in Las Vegas.

But when the league starts in two weeks, Nelson will be in Maui, according to the Oakland Tribune. Assistant coach Keith Smart will run the show.

The main reason for no Nelson? No Stephen Curry. The young star point guard will workout with the team some but will not play games. Same with Anthony Randolph.

The Warriors will still have plenty of young fire power in Sin City. Brandan Wright will anchor the front line and swingman Reggie Williams will play, as will No. 6 pick Ekpe Udoh.

Summer League play starts July 9 at the Thomas and Mack Center, just a mile off the strip in Vegas.

  1. alex v. - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Wait, can’t Nelson phone it in just as well from Hawaii as he usually does from the sidelines? Or was he looking for one last paycheck from the (deservedly) parting ownership?

  2. Swopa - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    Since the post hyperlinks the phrase, “Nelson will be in Maui, according to the Oakland Tribune,” you’d probably assume that the linked article… oh, I don’t know, says something about Nelson being in Maui during summer league.
    But you’d be wrong! It doesn’t say anything about Maui at all, in fact. Which makes sense, since Nelson will be in Las Vegas with the team (just as he was last year) — he just won’t be sitting on the bench and calling plays.
    I’m guessing at this point that “Kurt Helin” is actually some kind of Borat-like prank on sports journalism, since it’s hard to imagine anyone being this uninformed on purpose.

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