The Future of Fast Break

In October 2006, I wrote my first post for Fast Break.  Earlier that month, I had settled on the name for this "fan blog" -- I had no idea what to make of that concept at the time -- because Don Nelson had just been named coach of the Warriors.  While the team had an unpredictable mix of talent, I figured the one sure bet for the season would be their speed up and down the court...
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May 20, 2016

Chris Mullin, St. John's host Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors saw a familiar face on Tuesday.The reigning NBA champions held practice at St. John's before they head to Washington, D.C. to wrap up a three-game, East Coast road trip.From 1989-91, St. John's head coach Chris Mullin and special assistant Mitch Richmond played for the Warriors. The two Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers made up two-thirds of Run...
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February 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Carlisle gets a T, then tossed when he taunts ref with hard hand clap

Back in the day when Don Nelson coached the Dallas Mavericks, he might decide that an ejection and a cold beer was a better way to spend the rest of evening than watching his team get pummeled.That might have been Rick Carlisle's thinking Sunday when he got the hook less than a minute into the fourth quarter and the Mavs trailing the suffocating San Antonio 78-56. Dallas led 31-29...
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January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Alabama's Avery Johnson set for college coaching debut

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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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Don Nelson: Draymond Green Made Playing Small Possible For Warriors

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...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Don Nelson is somewhere smiling with the Warriors title

By Johnathan Tillman Much has been made about Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors foregoing interior presence and playing “small ball” en route to the franchise’s first championship in 40 years. They put pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ dwindled rotation and forced coach David Blatt to follow suit. For most of Game 5 and the title-clinching Game 6, the 10 players...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

All Hail Smallball Thou Shalt Be King Hereafter

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...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Nelson Calls Owens For Richmond Trade 'One Regret Of Career'

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...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nowitzki Credits Don Nelson For Development As 'Stretch Four'

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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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

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