Rowell says Nelson's job is safe
Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:15 am
Despite the dismal start and consecutives losses to the two worst teams in the NBA this week, Warriors President Robert Rowell reiterated Monday that coach Don Nelson's job in not in jeopardy.
Rowell says Nelson's job is safe 01.06.09
"No, I've not given it an ounce of thought," Rowell said before the game at Utah. "Nellie's a great coach. I think he's done his job as a coach. I think Nellie has done everything he's done his last 30 years in the business. ...
"Unfortunately, we've had Corey (Maggette) out 15 games, we've had Monta (Ellis) out, we're banged up. It's still not an excuse - it's the NBA - but we knew when Monta went down that this would be a tough start to the year."
Rowell's official support follows what has been understood since he awarded Nelson a two-year, $12 million extension this summer: Ownership wants the 68-year-old architect of its 2007 playoff team around, and to feel comfortable coaching in spite of his injury- and youth-filled roster.
Golden State is on track to finish with 24 wins this season, its lowest total since the 2001-02 season.
Warriors add Davidson: The Warriors signed 6-foot-10 power forward Jermareo Davidson - who was leading the NBA Development League in double-doubles (10) and third in rebounding (10. - to a 10-day contract.
"We're looking for a '4.' Need some help rebounding, and he's got a little experience," said Nelson, who didn't anticipate any more roster moves before all contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season Saturday.
Davidson was drafted by the Warriors in 2007 and sent to Charlotte as part of the Jason Richardson trade. He played 38 games for the Bobcats.
Oakland native DeMarcus Nelson, who started the first five games at point guard for Golden State, was waived to make room on the roster.
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