3.21: Chronicle Live -- The Don Nelson Interview Part 5
Don Nelson joins Greg Papa to discuss the end of the Chris Webber era and his stops in New York and Dallas.
Well done almost choked on my special K this morning and pick up the chronicle here and that Nelson is quoted as saying is my goal is to win it all material like Q why did you argument -- In the gubernatorial field and think that. No we've made a lot of moves over the last few years and I feel that the team is I don't know -- -- -- enough but I think it's ready to set -- goals higher than rigorously than before. You never felt that way with the with the warrior club it had before that you could actually win the NBA championship nor really haven't. -- struck out. Competition was it was too tough. But rather -- lack now but he you know the dominant team to Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. So. But there are dominant teams don't get me wrong but not a traditional dominant team that you know you always assumed to be in the final. Now I think that any team. Can mature through the seasons and his -- high enough. And obtain most of those goals I think whatever shot to win it. Young guy looks good there that that well I Torre young Greg pop interviewing say a young guy. Nelson going into the 9495. You're welcome back a couple of all renditions of Papa Nelson era chronicle live so you thought going into that year that you've had enough to win the NBA championship that's when you were still. Shooting with -- off the previous Summers. Well yeah I didn't you know and I didn't think that he was just go to totally leave us like he did so if he came back in matured a bucket put up with -- -- you don't bury the hatchet. He threw that -- I thought we had enough talent in with -- -- Christian. We're pretty deep pretty deep team we have -- of Barcelona but that island. We're pretty good game with Weber you know what I needed -- the place and senator for a yeah I edit edit Turkey event you don't say earlier power organs also lose Zetterberg he -- that plays -- You're into what goes through your best passer he was -- didn't work out return in the Washington for Tom Gugliotta he'll. We traded Billy Owens for running slightly that year. Shortest Barcelona -- -- get a little bit about the way you you've coached him because you work hard and -- -- martial artist. I talk about how you wet wash yourself coach Rooney who we all called to assure his running at that time and kind of change the way you dealt with players at that time. We'll European players is able to get violent with making some mistakes can't make in the NB AQ and survived and so there were. Well about five things at I've pointed out to Rooney that he had changed and he just couldn't change I mean he just made the same mistake over and over and over very frustrated from his coach. That I would really get on him verbally during the game. To remind him. Mistakes you -- regular or whatever. And I think it affected his play. And one and one time here even broke into tears I was on him so bad. And early look at myself and and I question Bellamy going crazy on the court and who is -- crazy man you know you're gonna have to change. And so that question other guys like Lenny Wilkens the guy that I watched it you know -- great composure. And I said that's petticoat that I really wannabes and I changed that a change very quickly after and so myself -- such an idiot. -- ceiling of the Warriors February of 95 you wind up as a head coach of the New York Knicks in in 9596. Everybody New York talks about you want LeBron. Patrick Ewing out of town that would tell our audience what. What the real -- and Don Nelson had for -- in the next at that time well I hit -- there are four people at lunch. And on the owner was one of them. And the president and the general manager and myself. And I asked if records speak freely in. It was given assurances that a good and I thought. That. One other place that check. That as a coach in the world's game. We got along great. Just and you know he's more skilled big man that I their team I think that the hearings in his last several years. And I think we can get in this league who's going to the Lakers you know everybody thought that was. That was a done deal wasn't a done deal at that point -- we're giving them much more I thought we could get involved and and I thought we conclude that's circulating. And whoever else it took. To get checked it and you're. The next day. Political Patrick unit that was gigabytes of it. You you know that's when he found out that I. Try to get checked into letting him. Of course I let you thought it was better check I don't know that. We had no relationship after that is very difficult to coach wooden. He didn't enjoy playing for the united and your coaching him an adult. I was fired after about 45 games that gave the subsequent. -- -- 3425. -- to nine games over 500 when they fired you're richer you moved on you went you went to Dallas I was talking about your Milwaukee teams that came. Very close to the NBA finals when you look back and the the four straight years in Dallas where he wanted to. Fifty or more were they as good as the teams ahead of Milwaukee as far as winning the whole thing do you think. Over Milwaukee team with the best team that I have. But does. Dallas was getting close when we had nation whisking. We have some other good clear to. Don't have any sort of dominance that the senate position. We needed to fill that position. If we would have done that I think we're gonna that is good teams there is ahead in Milwaukee. They were different games. I didn't have a you have a lot of people who could guard -- couldn't gardez GOP advantage couldn't guard did stir okay it's kind of like -- warrior -- the first tell -- similar so we we we have the same -- and we -- the score we score a lot of points. Took to win and to be as dominant as -- could be. Which we did -- and accepted -- early and we we had to do it. But. Vanish you know was let go at that point we didn't resigning saying -- -- That's pretty well the end of any chance that we had to be dominant I thought. Are you want to go on back to the Warriors and the irony is you would meet the Dallas Mavericks coming up an NB a playoff series have a go down as the biggest. Upset in the history of the NBA postseason coming up our exclusive Primetime Live conversation -- done now so we'll go to the week. We believe that Don Nelson mortgage and maybe get the all -- team before we say so long for the night.