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Nellie addresses rifts with Jackson, Monta

Posted on: November 13, 2009 3:53 pm
NEW YORK -- The Warriors apparently made it through their shootaround Friday without any shouting matches. This qualifies as progress for a team cloaked in controversy. Afterward, coach Don Nelson was unapologetic about his verbal confrontation with Monta Ellis, which took place at practice a day earlier.

"I disciplined a player in practice, and that’s part of my job description," Nelson told after the shootaround in preparation for Friday night's game against the Knicks. "I've done it before and I’ll do it again, and that’s all I’ve got to say about it."

Nelson confirmed that it was Ellis, his $66 million guard, who received the brunt of the discipline. "Yes, it was Monta," he said. "But I'm not going to go into it. I disciplined the player, it’s over, and that’s all I have to say about it."

Asked if he and Ellis were OK going forward, Nelson said, "You need to talk to Monta about that. I’m OK."

Ellis wasn't available for comment after shootaround.

The Ellis situation, which boiled over in full view of the team's beat writers and ended with Nelson waving his hands in disgust and Ellis barking at him, is hardly the only issue consuming the Warriors. Anthony Randolph's undefined role, the awkward attempt to pair Ellis and rookie Stephen Curry in the backcourt, and of course, Stephen Jackson's request to be traded have shadowed the team's every misstep on the way to a 2-5 start.

Nelson said Friday there were no developments in the team's attempt to oblige Jackson's trade request. As Nellie recently noted, Jackson is the definition of difficult to trade because of the three years and $28 million left on his contract after this season. But while other teams -- Indiana with Jamaal Tinsley, the Knicks with Stephon Marbury, and the Sixers with Allen Iverson -- have sent troublesome players home while attempting to trade them, Nelson said that's not an option with Jackson.

"Jack is a good player, and even though he may not be able to perform up to what he did a year ago because he doesn’t want to be here, he can still be a positive factor and help us win some games," Nelson said.

Speaking after shootaround, Jackson said he's still on speaking terms with Nelson, but added, "It's not what it used to be." No surprise there, considering Jackson's agent, Mark Stevens, recently ripped Nelson publicly by questioning his trustworthiness.

"I think at this point, I come out here and respect him as a coach and do my job and leave it at that," Jackson said. "I think that’s the best thing for me right now. Just give him the respect he deserves as a coach and do my job. And then once I leave the gym, I'm on my own."


Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 6:59 am

Nellie addresses rifts with Jackson, Monta

I think Nelson should be added to the Basketball Hall of Fame for his amazing achievements. I know not everyone likes him, but the guy has won more games as coach than anyone else. You can't get a better argument than that, right? After all, that is the whole point of being a coach - to win games. Some bloggers listed on say Nelson doesn't deserve the praise. But I say, get him in the Hall of Fame where he belongs. It is surely a travesty that this great coach is not given his rightful honor and place in basketball history.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2009 9:36 pm

Nellie addresses rifts with Jackson, Monta

Nellie's system worked okay for Hardaway, Mullin, and Richmond and many others. It didn't work for Chris Webber. Now...which of those players gets respect (in retrospect), and which don't?
The Kings would have been 2 time NBA champs if Webber was clutch or could have learned to make a free throw.
My gut tells me that Nellie is probably right, and that the very young and undereducated Monta Ellis needs to learn the lesson. In fairness, though, we don't know exactly what happened.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2009 9:18 pm

Nellie and Jackson are two peas in a pod

The only difference between Jackson and Nelson is that Jackson has gone public about not wanting to be a Warrior. Nelson as he has done in the past just will do what it takes to be shown the door, making sure he doesn't lose a cent he is owed along the way (see Golden State 1 and Dallas - lawsuits.). There will be no lawsuit this time, he'll just continue to ruin young players and run the franchise into the ground until they have no choice but to show him the door. A day that can't come soon enough for Warrior fans.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2009 8:18 pm

Nice Article Ken

I'm pretty hard on you usually, but not a bad bit of writing... Good bit of info... Really seems like GS is imploding right now - I'm not sure Don will weather the storm.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2009 7:58 pm

Nellie addresses rifts with Jackson, Monta

If Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis want to play elsewhere then they let them be. Just rip up their contract. I hate the fact that players from the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL cry and whine about getting a new contract because they felt "underappreciated" and/or "disrespected". Shortly after they sign the big contract that they were lusting after they beging to complain and pout that the contract that they just signed is "unfair" and is tantamount to "slave wages". The players are never satisfied. The owners are always in a tough situation. The players know that they have all the power. Let's make some changes. For any player who complains about his contract less than 2 years after signing one will forfeit the remainder of his contract and immediately be declared a free agent so that he will be able to pursue a contract that meets his changing expectations. I am tempted to say that we should also put them in jail....but it seems that most sports players have already served time. Lol!

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2009 7:18 pm

Nellie addresses rifts with Jackson, Monta

Hey, it's the NBA, where the players rule the roost. There's no semblence of teamwork on any but the best teams, which is makes the league totally unpalatable. If you want to watch quality basketball, watch the college game.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2009 5:55 pm

Nellie addresses rifts with Jackson, Monta

These players have such a false sense of entitlement.  In the game of basketball, there are only 8 or 9 regulars that see the floor, so if the team isn't performing well, then each one of the players plays a significant hand in being part of the problem.  Both of these players signed their big extensions with Nelson as the coach, and outside of losing Baron Davis, the direction of the team doesn't appear to be too much different then when they did sign.  If they are such "winners" and they can't stand to lose, they should have thought about that before signing on the dotted line.  Otherwise, cash the paycheck, keep your mouth shut, and play the best basketball you can for your employer, fans, and teammates.

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