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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-14

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-14

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-14About 12 hours before he was scheduled to board a plane headed to Milwaukee, where his coaching career began 32 years ago, Don Nelson admitted Friday his plan was to be in retirement by now.

"I was ready to retire after last season," he told the media during the Warriors' game-day shootaround Friday in New York. "The organization wanted me to do two more years, so I signed on for two more years and I'm going to oblige that contract."

Nelson's potential interest in stepping down was being gauged in the aftermath of a run-in he'd had with star guard Monta Ellis at the end of Thursday's practice.

In plain view of the media, Ellis asked Nelson why he was always being blamed for the Warriors' many problems. When the veteran coach asked Ellis to explain, he did.

"(I'm blamed) for everything. For everything," Ellis insisted. "For people not knowing the plays. I didn't do this, I didn't that."

When Nelson brushed off the comments and walked away, Ellis blurted, "See. That's why I won't do it. I just won't do it."

Ellis didn't stick around to explain to the media what he meant. But he did show up Friday night and wasn't blamed for anything in a 121-107 victory over the Knicks.

At Friday's shootaround, Nelson attempted to explain the erratic behavior of Ellis, Stephen Jackson and other members of his struggling team.

"The talent is young," he said of the Warriors. "There definitely is enough young talent, but it needs to mature and get better, and we're willing to do that."

WARRIORS 121, KNICKS 107: The Warriors have been good enough to win three games by an average of 21 points this season, yet bad enough to lose to the likes of the Clippers, Kings and Pacers. Some would call that inconsistent, but actually there's a predictability to it. The Warriors can beat teams that play no defense -- their three victims (the Grizzlies, Timberwolves and Knicks) all rate 25th or worse in team defense. But put up a little resistance and the Warriors are in trouble. So what's to expect Saturday night in Milwaukee? The Bucks rank second in the league in defense. Uh oh.

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