The Warriors’ season ended last night with a 122-116 victory over the Portland Trailblazers. While the win was a pleasant way to close out the season, it does little to gloss over a miserable season in which the team went 26-56. Fortunately for Warriors coach Don Nelson, General Manager Larry Riley has said there are no plans to fire him after the season. Unfortunately for Nelson, Riley might not be calling the shots next year.
Warriors owner Chris Cohen has announced his intention to put the franchise on the market next season and Oracle founder Larry Ellison has expressed a strong interest in purchasing the team. The changeover wouldn’t bode well for Nelson. The $6 million the team owes the coach next year could easily be bought out. And there are few reasons why a new owner would want to bring the aging coach back for another year — well, except for these ten reasons: