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Some confusing news is coming out of the new Warriors regime

Sep 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber won the bid for the Warriors, immediately, talk started of how the Warriors could face changes in the front office and especially, coaching situations. There’s been conflicting reports about the future of Don Nelson, with some Thumbnail image for New Warriors Logo.jpgMost importantly, Kawakami reports that no decision will be made about Nelson until Lacob and Nelson meet, and there’s no timetable for that meeting. Kawakami projects this may cast some doubt on whether Nelson will remain, due to the new ownership accepting the extension of team president Robert Rowell prior to the sale, though no official decision has been made regarding Rowell. However, with every day that passes before such a meeting, and with the new ownership unlikely to be approved by the NBA Board of Governors before mid-October, the odds of Nelson staying this season increase.

The new ownership likely won’t be approved until two weeks into training camp, which isn’t exactly a great time to whip the ship in a different direction.

There are a lot of decisions for the new ownership to make, and a lot of sticky situations to resolve. But the timing may simply not allow for them to get going in the direction they really want this season. The winds of change are going to come. But they’re not gusting yet.

  1. Mark Morales - Sep 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Well, I feel there are more interesting stories surrounding this young team. I live in the bay area and Tim Kawakami’s columns always have a bad smell of a negatism towards all our sports. I’d really like to see him step up and report on this young team. It finally looks like they have a good core of players they can build on and are headed in the right direction.
    Kawakami, leave the drama to hollywood and cool it with the bottom feeding…bottom line, the current management team is gone and that means Don Nelson too. The new owners appear to just want to get the cleanest hand off possible and that may take some time.
    The Warriors are young, athletic and have the look of the Phoenix Suns by the bay. Not bad at all!!!

  2. Dr. J. - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Solution: 1. Fire Nelson as soon as Lacob and the new ownership obtain control. Nelson is not a long-term solution and his propensity for mind games with certain players will destroy their confidence; you have to pay him whether or not he stays. 2. Hire Keith Smart on a one-year audition–he’s smart (pun intended); the players like him and he won’t be disinterested and arbitrary; an added advantage is that you have a year to evaluate and put together a long-term coaching and management team if Smart is a disaster.

  3. Charlie - Sep 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    I agree. All of the Bay Area Sports columnists have become too negative. Always ready to write a team off before the season begins.
    The W’s have solved one of their most critical problems, rebounding. Lee and Amundson will fight for the ball at both ends of the court.
    But I agree that Nelson cannot sustain any interest in D. Also we can’t have him destroying the confidence of any of the new players. So he has to go as soon as possible and Keith Smart is the obvious choice for interim coach.
    If Nelson goes, the W’s will improve. Not to playoff level but at least back to the fun to watch level.

  4. dominmatrix - Sep 14, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Too negative?
    You guys are pussies. Go live in Philly, NYC, Boston and Chicago. Those writers would make TK look like St. Francis.
    Most writers here are just south of writing PR for teams that have failed time and again over the past decade.

  5. Sick of the Warriors Management - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    Screw, just firing Nellie…any executive inside the Warriors Organization needs to be sent w/ their walking papers IMMEDIATELY…it’s not just Nelson that sux…it’s the whole Organization.
    The Warriors are terrible at everything….coaching, communicating, even breathing. They need a face-lift BAD!! Save our Warriors, Joe…fire every decision-maker in front of you, and blow this group up. You will be much better w/ better folks around you. The roster looks good, so now you need to make the business around the players to be a solid reflection of what you put on the Court.
    The Bay Area deserves A-LOT better than this joke of an Organization we have been forced to live w/ for years. S.O.W. (Save our Warriors)..get rid of all those fat cat slobs over there!! Out w/the Old & in w/the NEW :D

  6. SMITTY - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    well. i agree with most of the others, warrior management make bad decisions , and the warriors for years now have been ran by guys thinking about their pockets and investment, rather than thinking about the team , the fans and the league or history of the league.!! there has been virtually no pride in making this team a winning organization, thats why lakers wins, boston wins, miami wins, detroit, cleaveland, denver wins, arizona wins, utah wins, etc , and are constantly in the playoff. they have great coaches , with great management or support, and an owner that will make tuff decisons, but always for the betterment of the team. organization, league, and fans. with those decisons come success, and thats why the warriors still suck now, cause until they pull the plug on the toilet, (management & coaches) they will continue to loose and still be a toilet, driving away all our young talented players. i agree there is a good core of young players with atheleticism now, with some defensive pride !! but nellie is not a defensive minded caoch, , never has been, nellie likes to run other teams off the court, and he punishes these young players by benching them , if they cant deliver. wel how do you deliver if your own the damned bench for 15-20 games at a time??? he dnt believe in young player at all. this whole team is young !! i have 1 small disagreement though, !! the general manager, seems to know how to pick players that are generally talented on both ends of the floor and are truely athletically gifted,. can actually get babove the rim and can finish. i believe he should be kept. if you google or you tube the names of these guys he has been picking over last 6mos to 8 mos or so, and watch video footage of these guys, you will see the general manager seems to be very gifted and spotting the right guy with the right mixture of talent on both ends of the floor. he said when season was over , that this would be his primary mission. i believe he has delivered.

  7. Mr. Mean - Sep 14, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Yes, obviously Lacob needs to clean house ASAP, but won’t be able to officially until mid-October.
    Yes, I believe that Keith Smart should be given an opportunity for an interim audition for 2011, but it would be unfair to the players to yank Nellie half way through training camp. Let Nellie see what he can do with this more experienced roster, one that apparently hasn’t the head cases of previous years’.
    However, the moment that he starts to look like he’s recovering from another drunken stupor on the sidelines or in interviews, make the change. Who knows, perhaps the new roster will given him a new outlook and more energy, but he has a history of putting himself into a position of getting paid vacations from his past employers.
    I would hope that they would get rid of Rowell and perhaps change GM’s as well just to clear out that old stale karma.
    This team has potential for a vast improvement in record over the past 2 yrs if it can stay healthy and be invigorated by a new head coach.

  8. The Seer - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Are you kidding me, too negative. Try Philly or New York or Boston. Those cities would already be crucifying Lacob and Guber for being the bumbling fools that they are. These guys are still out looking for investors for christ sake. They would be demanding Larry Ellison to come back and save us from these two stooges.
    Lacob the cheap and Guber the buber, are in so far over their heads its laughable.
    Maybe they will ring your door bell soon and ask you to contribute to their ownership fund.
    These two boobs are almost as scary as Cohan. Maybe we will get lucky and theNBA won’t approve these two stumblebums.

  9. The Seer - Sep 14, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    PS..Nelly and the rest of the losers in the front office will be here until their contracts are up. The two stooges can’t afford to fire them. Nelly is here for one more year and Larry Riley will be here for two more. Get used to it.
    Lacob has talked glowingly about Rowell, so don’t expect him to leave either. Don’t you just love our new owners???

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