Sunday, April 4, 2010

Don Nelson ties all-time win record, W's beat Raptors

In a frustrating season marked by rampant injury and subsequent losing, many voices of the Bay Area sports world have called for Don Nelson's job. Nelson has been criticized for alienating certain players, indifferent body language on the sideline, and hanging around or the paycheck. I am guilty for getting down on Nelson during some of the lower of the low points this season.

In a season with nothing to play for, the Warriors tight-nit group of players young and old are determined to get Don Nelson to the top of the all-time win list and into the NBA history books. After the win over the Raptors, the Warriors surrounded a reluctantly giddy Don Nelson in celebration, jumping up and down. Warriors fans who witnessed this moment caught a glimpse of a smiling coach Nelson, a rare sight, especially this season. The Warriors embraced their coach like a benevolent grandfather and for a moment, everyone understood how special this moment was, not just for Nelson and the Warriors, but for the NBA. Raptors players Jarrett Jack and Hedo Turkoglu congratulated Nelson after the contest.

The Warriors are scheduled to play the Wizards, Clippers, and T'Wolves down the stretch and the chance for that go-ahead win will be well within reach for the 70 year old Nelson. Throw in a motivated group of players and Nelson will be the all-time leader by the season's end. Nelson's chase for the record is a refreshing distraction from the biblical injury reports and poor record. The chase reminds Warriors fans to appreciate Nelson while he is here, as he has been at the center of anything good in Golden State for the last 25 years and contributed so much to the NBA and basketball.

Nelson will be a tough act to follow whenever he decides to call it a career.

1 comment:

Myth of the Dream said...

I found this smiley version of Don Nelson a little creepy.... he was probably more excited for all the free whiskey doubles he would be drinking in celebration!