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Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

Posted on: July 12, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 7:51 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

The NBA's all-time winningest coach might be making a return. But only because he's so intrigued by the Minnesota Timberwolves. I know. What?

According to ESPN.com, Don Nelson, most recently of the Warriors and likely a beach in Hawaii, is open to a return to coaching specifically with the Wolves because of the roster.

I can tell you this: I'm intrigued at the thought of Don Nelson coaching the Timberwolves. The reckless, up-and-down offense coupled with zero defense, featuring Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Williams? Um, yes please.

David Kahn has said repeatedly that he wants the Wolves to play an up tempo style game and the team would be built on an exciting brand of basketball. That never really happened because, for one, Jonny Flynn was the point guard and, two, because newly fired coach Kurt Rambis tried to install the triangle offense while also pleasing the front office with some running.

Obviously, it never worked.

Nelson, though, is 71 and his last few seasons with the Warriors didn't go well. He was stubborn with rotations, erratic with decisions and almost appeared apathetic on the bench as Golden State slogged through mediocrity, save for one shining playoff year.

Nelson's son, Donnie, hinted back in October that his dad might not be entirely done coaching. "Never say never,'' Donnie said. "I thought when he was the godfather (in Dallas after handing the coaching reins to Avery Johnson in March 2005), I thought that was the perfect existence. But he wanted to coach again. With him, you just never know.''

Would a Don Nelson era with the Wolves be successful? I doubt it. But would it be a lot of fun and so very, very David Kahn? Absolutely.

Comments

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

Minnesota fans: Zagstush may be right.  Nellie ball might be the best bet to get Minnesota to 30 wins this year, and 20 the year after that, and TEN the year after that.  He has, indeed, forgotten more about basketball than most of us will ever know.  He willfully forgot it in his last years in Oakland, and destroyed the team.


Good point.  Everyone was predicting like 55 wins a year for the Warriors those last two seasons Nelson coached and he totally destroyed that.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:45 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

No. No. Don Nelson must stay retired. Im thinking definetly an experienced coach, but not an almost dead one. What about Adelmen? What about Laimbeer. Is he gone from the coaching staff?



Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:37 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

Brian shaw is a bum, just like all other phil jackson assistant coaches!  The "greatest" coach in history doesnt even have a coaching tree, because all of his assitants are bums and they finally find out its a little harder to run the triangle when you dont have the greatest players in the game on your team.  I, personally, think Nellie would be fun for this young team.  Would we win any championships?  I doubt it, but they would be fun to watch. I read that larry brown called Kahn, and said that he wanted the job.   I think larry brown would be less exciting to watch than nellie, but more likely to do some damage in the playoffs.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 7:41 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

That makes some sense as Nelson offensive scheme can fit Ricky Rubio, Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph who was a Warriors when he coached there. But i do not think it will fit the other players like Kevin Love and Milicic who plays better in a half court set. I just hope David Kahn won't make a poor decision and hire one of his assistant coaches. One other option who is really a good candidate to head coach which has over looked by so many teams is Brian Shaw, he has a high basketball IQ, he can connect with young players not like Kurt Rambis. And has been a player in the NBA and played with a lot of great players. Even if he is a Lakers coaching staff it does not mean he will also apply the offense which Rambis is trying to push into his young players heads. I think he has the experience and enough knowledge to set up an offense that can fit the Wolves roster and can implement a certain degree of defense not like Don Nelson.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:34 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

Minnesota fans: Zagstush may be right.  Nellie ball might be the best bet to get Minnesota to 30 wins this year, and 20 the year after that, and TEN the year after that.  He has, indeed, forgotten more about basketball than most of us will ever know.  He willfully forgot it in his last years in Oakland, and destroyed the team.  Forced together a collection of shooting wings, ball-hog point guards, and mediocre talents who only proved the rule that if given free rein, almost any NBA player can hit 20 points in a game.  Was it entertaining?  Sure, in the same way that the early rounds of American Idol are entertaining: it was a high-energy disaster.

The fact that the T-wolves would even consider this option is grounds for contraction.

Please, please find a younger guy and not a retread.  Please find someone who can give structure and discipline to a young bunch of athletes learning to play basketball.  You know, an actual coach.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:03 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

I like Bernie Bickerstaff




ZZZZzzzzz....Dude is a only 4 years younger than Nelson and has a .445 winning percentage.  The fact that someone is even bringing this guy's name up is exactly the reason why letting Nelson coach this team is a no-brainer.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:34 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

Hiring Nelson would have about the same potential that the T-Wolves have of being playoff bound this year. Talk about a change from the beach! Nellie has no longer the credibility to coach in the NBA. He has drifted aimlessly in both his unorthodox coaching style (matchups are everything) and his input on player acquisition. Minnesota, meanwhile, presents a much greater challenge to a coach than Golden State. Three power forwards and three point guards are all expecting to start. Go sort them out. Of course all of this may be like alcohol to an alcoholic in David Kahn's eyes. He also thrives on the unorthodox and the confounding of watchers so perhaps these two are made for each other. Kahn also gets at least two more years before his own job is in jeopardy. Then he can blame Nellie.

I feel for the T-Wolves fans. They have not had a single night of hope since KG was gifted to the Celtics. The drafting has been atrocious with the exception of trading Mayo for Love. Now can they build a team around an undersized PF stat-hog? And of both Beasley and Williams are on the floor with Love, who guards the center or the PF or the SF? This team is not built for defense and yet a defensive coach is precisely what they need,

I like Bernie Bickerstaff. His experience is very deep and he works well with the public, media, management and players. However, be prepared for Bernie to interview and then decline the offer. He is in a good spot that he will not leave unless the conditions are exactly right. Did anyone else notice that Bernie said Nate McMillan is the best coach he has ever been around? Not sure the national media appreciate Nate or even the Portland fans. Nate was instrumental in coaching the defense for the USA team in the gold medals winning Olympic and the World Championship teams. Bernie has likely picked up enough last year to return to head coach much better than before.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:31 am
 

Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate

Minnesota fans,

Your team is not going to win more than 30 games (high estimate) regardless and is more likely to do it with Nelly as the coach than anyone else.  Even if though don't win any more games with Nelly than he would have got with another coach you are at least going to have a very entertaining team.  There will be players on your team who have here-to-fore not shown any sort of offensive game whatsoever that will start doing some things at the offensive end and finally become legit NBA players.  And as for guys with already legit offensive games--if you thought Love and Beasley put up nice numbers with Rambis as the head coach then wait'll you get a load of Nellie.  The team is going to play in a lot of back and forth close games and will lose a fair amount more than they win but the games will be exciting and high scoring....... I know things were really awesome in Minnesota these past few years and the games were probably just so unbelievably fun to watch though so I could see how you could think you could get a coach that is better than Nelson to want to join that team...... but here's a hint--you can't.  Take Nellie and run with it.


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Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:59 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Report: Don Nelson?panic in Minn!!!

just thinking about him....say a  lot about panic in Minneapolis...with Nelson you'd go any direction..he is perfect for destroy what they have!!!...they need ti build a long-term project...Nelson was the main reason of the failure of a very very talented team like GS..Dallas time are well-passed!!...


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