By Craig Kwasniewski
Didn't we already do this?
Don Nelson is returning to coach the Golden State Warriors. My question to "the people" is why? The writing was on the wall regarding Mike Montgomery's dismissal. At a Lakers-Warriors game, I saw firsthand that some of the players were tuning out Montgomery during timeouts. Assistant coach, Mario Elie was feverishly politicking for the head coaching spot with the players at every dead ball situation.
But why is Golden State going for Nellie ball? The Warriors have talent but their weakness was defense and poor chemistry. Nellie's disdain for the defensive end of the court makes Washington's coach E**ie Jor*an look like Bill Belichick.
And what about the team chemistry? It's well known that Barron Davis does not get along with Mike Dunleavy. Davis is a ball hogging point guard in the mold of Marbury whereas Dunleavy comes from the team-oriented style at Duke. Maybe Nelson can find a common ground with the Warriors and bring out a higher tempo style of game, I just don't see this working with the current roster.
Maybe Warrior fans will buy into the RUN-TMC, Part Deux. Even though it lasted only two seasons, that era has taken on a legendary status. Doing some research into the Nellie years, I was surprised that RUN-TMC was so short lived. Didn't it seem like they lasted for 5 or 6 seasons?
I expect some changes on the horizon. Shawn Bradley, Randy Breuer, Paul Mokeski are you out there?