Don Nelson has treated this season like a high school senior treats his or her final two weeks of classes. He has admitted he is not coaching the players much, rather is “coaching the coaches,” he turned some game coaching duties over to Keith Smart, and he has mentally (and at times physically) checked out.
But now he’s talking about coaching Summer League, according to Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com.
“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.”
Adrian Wojnarowski expressed my first reaction: “Who’s telling Nellie these don’t count toward (the) record?”
Nelson spends his summers in his Maui home, relaxing after the grind of the NBA season. It is 120 degrees during the day in Vegas in July, there is no way Nelson really wants to leave Maui for summer Vegas. No sane person does.
Then again, this all seems a moot discussion.
It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”
Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:
Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.
As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
And then there’s this for the haters.
Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?
Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?
The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.
Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?
Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.
I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.
That’s about the most Spurs play ever.
During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.
Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.