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  1. Warriors’ worries: Stephen Curry limited, Monta Ellis worn down

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

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    If you want, you can spin the Warriors season as a positive — they have 30 wins, already more than last season (26). Baby steps, but with a new owner at least there is hope they can improve on that next season. But on the ground, they have lost five straight and the same old…

  2. Reggie Miller not on Hall of Fame finalists ballot. Somehow.

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Is Spike Lee more powerful than we all thought? Because aside that I’m at a loss to explain the news from Jonathon Abrams of the New York Times that Reggie Miller is not one of the finalists on the Hall of Fame ballot. Those finalists will be formally announced later on Friday. We’d tell you…

  3. Reggie Miller headlines Hall of Fame nominations

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

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    There may never have been a better pure shooter to play the game than Reggie Miller. That’s the kind of player that should end up in the Hall of Fame. And he might, Miller appears the most likely NBA player for induction on the ballot for the Naismith Hall of Fame, with the players nominated…

  4. Warriors sale approved, becomes official

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

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    In practice, the changes were already underway with the Warriors — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in. A lineup of only shooters was being replaced by grittier, more physical players. But now the change in ownership that precipitated all of that is official — Joseph Lacob and Peter Guber have been unanimously approved…

  5. Stephen Curry not playing smart in Keith Smart offense yet

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Last season, as the point guard in Don Nelson’s free-flowing offense, Stephen Curry had nearly a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. So far this preseason in the smarter Keith Smart offense that is a 1:1 ratio. As in 28 assists and 28 turnovers. Not good. Last season Curry’s turnover rate of 16.5 percent was too…

  6. Maybe we haven’t seen the last of Don Nelson after all

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Don Nelson’s tenure as head coach of the Golden State Warriors was marked by one shining moment and countless infuriating ones. Between Nelson’s influence on personnel decisions, his rotations, his handling of players, and the general quagmire that plagued the Warriors organization as a whole, few things seemed to go right in the Bay. Moving…

  7. Writing had been on wall for Don Nelson for months

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Don Nelson is a revolutionary coach. Whatever you think of how it ended, the man was a game changer. He helped make it okay for Dirk Nowitzki to be a power forward on the wing. You don’t become the all-time winningest coach in NBA history on a fluke. He had a career — from playing…

  8. Report: Warriors to replace Don Nelson as head coach

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Warriors are on the verge of replacing current head coach Don Nelson with current assistant coach Keith Smart.  The incoming co-owner of the Warriors, Joe Lacob, told the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami that this officially will happen Monday (at Warriors media day). “You’ll have clarity on Monday,”…

  9. Are the Warriors better off with Keith Smart?

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    The tea leaves read “Nellie is done.” And though Nelson long and distinguished career is certainly worth respecting, you can still hear the collective sigh of relief, followed by the sharp intake of anticipation from Warriors fans. A fresh start. A new beginning. A change in the winds. Or, you know, not really any of…

  10. Report: Signals are Warriors will remove Don Nelson, promote Keith Smart

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    If one thing would endear the new Warriors owner Joe Lacob to Bay Area fans it would be to remove Don Nelson the day he gets control of the franchise. That may be what happens, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. The signals are strong: If the timing is right and…

  11. The Flip Side: Anthony Morrow's life after Golden State

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  12. New Warriors owner may keep Don Nelson for a "test drive"

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Don Nelson sits in Maui, collecting the $6 million he is owed, and waiting for a phone call from Warriors incoming owner Joe Lacob. And more and more, it seems like that call may say, “Hey, come on back and coach the team a little longer.” That’s what the San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim…

  13. Andris Biedrins not showing the love to Golden State this summer

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This summer, Andris Biedrins isn’t working out with the Warriors. He went off on his own. And after a year where his coach generally jerked him around then called him on his (admittedly terrible) free throw shooting, a year where he thinks the team doctors may not have been forthcoming about his injury, it’s kind…

  14. Don Nelson waits on a call from Golden State

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    One does not win more games than any other NBA coach in history if one is not smart. Don Nelson is smart, he knows what is happening with Golden State. He knows there is new ownership, he knows there are plans to let him go. So he is not coming back to the Bay Area…

  15. Don Nelson may be back for one final season

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The impression — even from new incoming owner Joe Lacob himself — is that there will be big changes for Golden State. Which is good, because what the Warriors have been doing has not worked for a long time. Not on the court in particular. Housecleaning is called for. Which means coach Don Nelson will…

  16. Don Nelson is done, and the rest of his tenure merely a formality

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob isn’t technically the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors yet, but he’s already making a hell of an impression. From Marcus Thompson of Inside the Warriors: Lacob said what everybody else already knows: the Nellie era is done. And Lacob said in the interview that he wants a young coach in the new…

  17. Warriors reach deal with Jannero Pargo

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Jannero Pargo is about to become the least popular Golden State Warrior. He has reached terms with the Warriors for a two-year, $2.4 million deal, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Why is Pargo about to be unpopular? Because he will be the backup point guard, the guy behind Stephen Curry and in front of…

  18. Don Nelson wants to coach Warriors for one more season. Fans shudder.

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Warriors fans hope that a new owner means a new direction for the team. Don Nelson has other plans, he told Marc Stein if ESPN.com. “I’m excited about the new ownership,” Nelson said. “I think this team needed that kind of change. “I think we’ve made a couple good deals to improve the roster. I…

  19. Anthony Morrow: Dead-eye shooter, post-apocalyptic Warrior, coveted free agent

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Warriors have long been something of a basketball wasteland; even if it’s entertaining to watch Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and the like run amok in Don Nelson’s post-apocalyptic world, all of their wins are empty, and their losses sobering reminders of where they are and where they’ll never go. So naturally, as basketball fans,…

  20. Don Nelson chooses Maui over Las Vegas

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    At 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…

  21. NBA Draft: Warriors join list of teams high on Greg Monroe

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Looks like the Warriors are leaning toward drafting a big man. Yesterday Georgetown center Greg Monroe can through town for workouts, and Don Nelson liked what he saw. At least that’s what he told the San Jose Mercury News. “The one thing we can use that he does extremely well, probably better than any other…

  22. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1969, when the balloons never dropped but Don Nelson's shot did

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    This is awesome, mostly because of the fantastic background music, the kind of tune usually reserved for 1970s porn movies. Not that we have seen any of those, it’s just what we were told. Moving on. We talked about this legendary game yesterday. The highlights don’t get into the balloons hanging from the rafters, but…

  23. Don Nelson staying in Maui, not involved in Warriors draft preparation

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Don Nelson is in Maui right now. For the record, I wish I were in Maui right now. I’d be a much better blogger in Maui. Or at least I’d have the best tan of any NBA blogger. Which really is a pretty easy honor to achieve. But I am not the coach of an…

  24. Larry Ellison combines bid with existing Warrior minority owners to form super majority

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:14 AM EDT

    Larry Ellison — the richest man bidding on the Warriors, the man who would be the richest owner in basketball, the man who could write the biggest check tomorrow — may win the Warriors by bringing in partners. Specifically, existing partners in the team. A group of investors who currently own 20 percent of the…

  25. Report: Timberwolves and Warriors discuss Anthony Randolph trade

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Anthony Randolph is young and has a world of talent and potential. That doesn’t mean Don Nelson is going to play him unless he has to, but the talent is there. Other teams recognize that talent and would like to have it. Like the Timberwolves, who have talked to Golden State about an Anthony Randolph…

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