Nelson Sizing Up Summer League?

Nelson Sizing Up Summer League?


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Over the past two years, Warriors coach Don Nelson has done less and less coaching. So, why all of a sudden does he want to do more?

Last season, Nelson turned over the defense to assistant coach Keith Smart. Earlier this year, he acknowledged to not doing much "coaching" of the players and that instead he "coaches the coaches."

He often rolls early from home shoot-arounds and a handful of times he's relinquished his game-coaching duties to Smart, informing the team earlier in the day of his intent. He's allowed assistant coach Scott Roth to diagram last-second plays with games on the line.

Hes missed 10 games this season for health reasons.

Maybe he wants to make up for lost time. How else can you explain Nelson lobbying to coach the Warriors in the Las Vegas summer league come July?

Yeah, really.

"Oh, yeah," Nelson responded when asked about the D-League callups learning new positions. "I'm even thinking about coaching the summer league this year just so I can put them in those (point) situations -- where they're used to it going into training camp next year."

Hmmm. This is the same Nelson who has been criticized for listlessness and general malaise? The same Nelson that a good chunk of Warriors fans would like to see not come back next season, thank you?

Apparently so. But has he ever done it before?

"No," Nelson said. "I don't think I ever have coached a summer league game."

So, why now? Why now, at almost 70, does Nelson take a sudden interest in the progress of some young players he never heard of four months ago? Never mind Nelson referring to the summer league as being in "L.A."

Who knows? Maybe it has something to do with the all-time wins mark, the one that doesn't look like it's going to be reached by the end of the season. Or maybe it has something to do with owner Chris Cohan announcing his intention to sell.

Or maybe, plain and simple, in the twilight of his career, Nelsons gotten a second wind. Maybe hes rediscovered his love of the game. Maybe hes sincerely re-energized.

Like I said, who knows? Just wondering.

By the way, Nelson does know those summer league wins arent going to count toward Lenny Wilkens record, doesnt he?
-- Matt Steinmetz

Warriors wake up in second half, win 10th straight vs Clippers

Warriors wake up in second half, win 10th straight vs Clippers


After trailing by 12 points at halftime, Steph Curry and the Warriors put on a show scoring 50 points in the third quarter alone. Oh, and they only scored 49 in the first half.

The Warriors went on to win their 10th straight game over the Clippers, with a final of 123-113, Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Curry led all scorers with 35 points, totaling 20 in the third quarter. He drained six 3-pointers, dished five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. 

Kevin Durant was a dominant second fiddle, with 23 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. 

Golden State has not lost to Los Angeles since December of 2015. 

The Warriors improved to 48-9 on the season with the victory. 

Instant Replay: Kings beat Nuggets behind career-night for Cauley-Stein

Instant Replay: Kings beat Nuggets behind career-night for Cauley-Stein


SACRAMENTO -- The new look Sacramento Kings might not be done just yet. Despite trading away All-Star DeMarcus Cousins over the weekend, the young and energetic Kings moved to within a half game of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff chase with a 116-100 drubbing of the Denver Nuggets.

Willie Cauley-Stein is ready for prime time. With plenty of extra opportunities to work with, the 7-footer went off for a career night, dropping in a career-high 29 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.  

Welcome to Sacramento Buddy Hield -- the centerpiece to the trade that sent Cousins to the Pelicans put on a show for his new fanbase. The rookie out of Oklahoma dropped in 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the win.

Seldom-used rookie Skal Labissiere looked aggressive early, scoring eight of his career-high 12 points during the first half. He added three rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Darren Collison set up the youngsters, finishing the night with 10 assists and 12 points. Ben McLemore was overmatched at the small forward spot, but still managed to go for 10 points on 2-for-3 shooting from long range.

Tyreke Evans added 15 points in his first game back in a Kings uniform in nearly four years, while Kosta Koufos chipped in eight points and six rebounds.

Gary Harris got it going from the perimeter, dropping in 23 points on 5-of-11 from deep.

Sacramento played small ball and Danilo Gallinari made them pay. In his first game after an eight game absence, the Italian-born forward scored 15 points and handed out six rebounds.

Wilson Chandler added 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points and six assists and Will Barton tossed in 16 off the Denver bench.


Cauley-Stein put on an aerial assault with highlight reel dunks and pretty jumpers from the perimeter. The second-year big said he was ready to take off Tuesday when he spoke to media members, but no one saw this coming.


The Kings punched first and never stop hitting the Nuggets. Denver looked stunned as the Kings’ young players put on a show.


Arron Afflalo, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson are all out with varying degrees of hamstring issues. Afflalo sat with hamstring stiffness and is day-to-day. Temple is out for another few games with a left hamstring tear and rookie Richardson is out 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the season with a torn left Achilles.


The Kings return to the court next Saturday for a mid-day matinee -- Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets drop by Golden 1 Center for a 2 pm start.