70-year old Don Nelson has “resigned” as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors but he will still get his $6 million dollar salary. It’s off to retirement in Maui, Hawaii for Nelson who leaves the NBA as the winningest head coach in NBA history. Make no mistake though, the new owners of the Warriors pushed Nelson out the door. The Warriors were only 26-56 (31.7%) last season as they finished 4th in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, 31 games behind the Lakers. Nelson compiled a 422-443 record (48.8%) in his 11 years (two stints) with the Warriors. He was also 14-21 (40%) in the playoffs with the Warriors. Nelson was a head coach for 31 years in the NBA and he was 1,335-1,063 (55.7%) during the regular season. He was also 75-91 (45.2%) in the playoffs. Despite all of those wins he has he never won an NBA title. The Warriors have hired 46-year old Keith Smart to take over as their new head coach. Smart only has 40 games of experience as an NBA head coach. That came in 2002-03 with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he was 9-31 (22.5%).
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