Nellie is going to be going back to coach the Warriors. I have always kind of hoped that he would come here to coach. It has always amazed me that after a solid career in Boston, playing 11 years and having his number retired there, he has never coached in Boston.
He has coached Milwaukee, Golden State, Dallas and even the Knicks, but not Boston. He has been named coach of the year 4 times, but never in Boston. He even coached the real Ricky Pierce. I have been holding out hope that Nellie would be available when Doc wears out his welcome in Boston. I think he would be great for this team. I think it would be fitting for him to finish his coaching career in Boston. But I guess it isn't to be.
Don Nelson will be named as the new coach of the Golden State Warriors this week after the Warriors agreed to terms on a buyout with Mike Montgomery, ESPN.com has learned.< inline1>
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that things are "all lined up" for Nelson, 66, to rejoin the Warriors, who haven't been to the playoffs since 1994 ... when Nelson was still coaching them.
The Warriors announced Tuesday morning that they have bought out the final two seasons left on Montgomery's contract, worth an estimated $5 million. The club declined to discuss their interest in Nelson, but have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday night to formally announce his appointment.
ESPN.com reported in February that Nelson was privately dropping hints to friends about a willingness to coach again in 2006-07 after taking the 2005-06 season off. With Avery Johnson ready to succeed him faster than anticipated, Nelson relinquished his coaching duties with the Dallas Mavericks in March 2005 after a series of health issues and his relationship with Mavs owner Mark Cuban deteriorating. [More] source: ESPN
I don't know about Nellie. I remember him as coach of the Run TMC group (Hardaway, Mullin, Richmond) and most recently as coach of the Mavericks. Both teams had high powered offenses, but you wouldn't refer either team as defensive minded. That's sort of our dilema here in Boston with Doc Rivers. Sure we can score, and we're only going to get better as our young kids develop (Jefferson and Green are offensive players on the rise).
Defense is what our next goal should be. I don't think Nellie will be an ideal replacment for Doc.