Don Nelson to resign

Jan. 03, 2010: Golden State coach Don Nelson is also the former Dallas Mavericks coach during an NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Dallas defeated Golden State 110-101.

Per CSN Bay Area…

Nelson, the NBA’s all-time coaching leader in victories with 1,335 wins, will be replaced by longtime Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart, according to the sources.

Nelson, who had one year remaining on his contract worth $6 million, returned to the Bay Area last Sunday night, according to general manager Larry Riley in an interview earlier this week.

Riley said Nelson had been watching the team scrimmages and doing his usual office-type things to get ready for the season during that conversation.

But, according to two sources, it was obvious that Nelson wasn’t overly enthusiastic about leaving Maui, where he makes his home, and returning to coach the Warriors.

Several sources indicated that Nelson will be paid the remainder of his contract.

He “wasn’t overly enthusiastic about leaving Maui.” I’ve been to Maui twice, so I can relate. No one is really enthusiastic about leaving Maui.

So Nelson comes back to the Bay Area, wanders around the team facilities for a few days, grumbles about how he’d rather be sitting at a bar in Lahaina or lounging on Ka’anapali Beach and now he’s heading back to Maui with his full salary of $6 million?

What a life!

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