Nelson denies rumor he's out
Warriors coach Don Nelson wholly dismissed a CBS report claiming he would step down imminently and the team is shopping its best player, Monta Ellis.Nelson, 69, is nine games into a two-year, $12 million extension, and he laughed when asked before Saturday’s game if he is quitting.
"No," Nelson said, before being asked if he fully intended to serve as coach through 2011. "Yes. Absolutely."
Nelson also denied the Ellis rumor, saying he "absolutely" wants him on the roster.
The CBS story used multiple unnamed sources with one saying a move to promote assistant coach Keith Smart to the head spot could "happen by next week." Another source said the timing of the reported move is difficult to predict because Nelson would be the one making the decision.
Nelson has delegated a lot of responsibilities to his assistants, including the entire defense to Smart. During timeouts, Nelson and Smart split time talking to the players depending on whether they’re focusing on offensive or defensive adjustments.
"He’s definitely committed to (coaching the Warriors) as far as I can see," Anthony Morrow said. "It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he comes back for a third year."