Time for the Golden State Warriors To Fire Don Nelson

Patrick MauroAnalyst INovember 25, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23:   Head coach Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors looks on from the sideline during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors began their trip to Texas Tuesday night with a 111-103 come-from-behind win over Dallas breaking the Mavericks five game win streak in the process.

With only six players, Golden State outscored Dallas 33-21 in the fourth quarter as Keith Smart assumed coaching duties for the pneumonia ridden Don Nelson.

The game in Big D shows Nelson's time has come and gone. After guiding the squad in 2007 to their first playoff appearance since Bill Clinton lived in the White House followed by a 48-win season the next year, it's been nothing but dysfunction in Oakland.

Young players want little to do with this guy and he seems to have little regard for young players at the expense of wins and losses.

He doesn't demand defense, holds petty grudges, and hurts the progress of his team.

Smart did a fine job subbing for Nellie Tuesday night in Dallas and should be named head coach. The W's played hard, held a lead, lost the lead and then fought back to win in the final period, something you don't see this team do when Nelson is on the bench.

Chris Cohan (the worst owner in all of pro sports) can rectify a bad situation by making the bold move of relinquishing Nelson of his duties now. Put Smart in charge and watch the team respond, especially as they get healthy.

Nelson should be a Hall of Famer one day, but what he accomplished in the past doesn’t translate to success now.

With Smart in charge and Nelson gone, Monta Ellis might actually want to stick around. If not, he’ll be hawked for expiring contracts which sounds good heading into the summer when so many big name players will be free agents, but how many of them want to come and play for Nellie?

Management did the right thing in trading Stephen Jackson, but it’s only the first of two moves that must be made.

There are very few Warriors supporters who believe Nelson is the future of this franchise. Time for management to embrace the here and now and rescue this team from its past.

It’s November and not too late to save the season.

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