MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama's Avery Johnson has had months to prepare and bring in a few of his own players before his college coaching debut. That's not how it worked out when Johnson took over his first NBA team a decade ago. The former NBA player and coach opens with the Crimson Tide Friday night against Kennesaw State, likely putting more fans in the seats and a few more...
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Don Nelson is skeptical that the Golden State Warriors' smallball strategy will create a league-wide shift since it takes a certain collection of players. "It started with San Antonio (last year) with the ball movement, and Golden State played that way," Nelson said. "But you've got to have the personnel. Not everybody has Draymond Green" -- a highly skilled power forward -- "and...
With the Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Finals, the 'We Believe' Dubs have been superseded for the top moment in modern history. For that, Don Nelson smiles big. The post With the Warriors’ Title, Somewhere in America, Don Nelson Smiles appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Steve Kerr played for six teams and six coaches during his 15-year NBA career, but he never played for Don Nelson, the man who lingers like a specter over the Golden State Warriors' franchise and even has his fingerprints on the future of the NBA. The Warriors had a lot of bad basketball teams between 1975 and 2015, but they were rarely boring and even more rare was for them to be...
The Golden State Warriors traded away Mitch Richmond for the draft rights to Billy Owens in 1991 to the Sacramento Kings. Owens was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection and was part of Don Nelson's plan to give the Warriors more size. "it was the worst trade I've ever made," said Don Nelson. "Mitch was a star. That's the one regret I have of my career." Richmond was voted into...
Dirk Nowitzki was one of the NBA's first "stretch fours", which was an innovative concept developed in part by Don Nelson. "When I first got in the league. . .I think a lot of (power forwards) and (centers) were more back-to-back basket players." Teams now often look for big men with the ability to stretch the floor to create space. "I've got to give Nellie a lot of credit,'' Nowitzki...
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