By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, May 17th, 2007 at 11:16 am in Uncategorized.
Don’t be all shocked about Nellie’s “I may not come back” proclamation yesterday. I fully expect him to be back next year. You know why? Because the Warriors are going to make sure of it.
If you ask me, this isn’t about fatigue, or mental anguish, as much as it is about bread. Nellie wants more money.
Know how I know? For starters, that’s his M.O. Nellie is all about the dough. He’s sued one owner, and in the process of suing another. He imposes fines on his players and pockets the cash. His introduction song is Diddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins.” Kidding about the last part.
Second reason, Nellie practically said so. When asked what date was he looking at to make a decision, he said July 1. Is it a coincidence that he’s targeting the first day of the fiscal NBA year?
Nellie’s only getting a few million next season. To his credit, he’s worth much more than that. He just did the job of an $5-8 million a year coach. I doubt the Warriors give him Phil Jackson money, but he will likely get a raise. A couple million is the perfect cure for mental fatigue.
Or maybe I’m just hoping that’s the reason, because that is perfectly treatable. If it is mental fatigue, physical breakdown — we are talking about a 67-year-old cancer survivor — then he just may not be back. And who’s willing to give that any real consideration. This team is not as good without his system. And it’s certainly not as good if the players get a coach they aren’t willing to jump through a wall for, as they are with Nellie.
Here’s to hoping Nellie is just being greedy.