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The NBA Coaching Carousel: Don Nelson to the Phoenix Suns?

Max FischerCorrespondent IMay 10, 2008

Doug Collins ?
 
Tom Thibodeau????!!!  
 
Dan Majerle????!!  
 
Eddie Johnson????!!!
  
These are the names being bandied about as potential replacements for Mike D'Antoni, the apparent new coach of the New York Knicks.  
 
These are the guys being considered to coach Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shaquille O'Neal.
 
Are you kidding me?  
 
It has made me truly ill to see Don Nelson kicked to the curb by the Mavs organization and then forced to toil as the coach of the downtrodden Golden State Warriors the past few years.

Talentless hacks like Avery Johnson and D'Antoni have won Coach of the Year, thanks to what Nellie has accomplished over the past several years

Nellie built Nash and Dirk, and then he was forced to watch those players be split up by Cuban's ignorance and then run into the ground by Avery Johnson and Mike D'Antoni.  These two coaches are doing pathetic imitations of Gregg Popovich and Don Nelson.
 
Nellie never in his career had a team as talented as D'Antoni's Suns team, nor has he had a team so perfectly built to win a championship.  
 
It was bad enough seeing Nellie suffer on the Warriors' bench to coach them to the biggest upset in NBA history over the Dallas Mavericks, while D'Antoni mismanaged that stellar team in Phoenix. That's a team I have no doubt in my mind Nellie could have coached to a championship.
 
Then we have to see a team with Nash, Amare and Shaq coached by one of these coaches with no experience and even less talent. Truly disturbing.
 
If there is some kind of justice in this world, some kind of basketball god, Nellie will find himself released of his Golden State Warriors contract and on the bench of the Phoenix Suns. He can counter the Hack-a Shaq he himself invented and Popovich used to knock the Suns out of the playoffs.

Nellie could do it, too. D'Antoni and the rest of these halfwits certainly won't.

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