Regardless of how his team is doing at the time,Golden State coach Don Nelson said Saturday night heâ€™s planning to retire when his contract expires following the 2010-11 season. â€œIâ€™ll do two more years and that will be it,â€™â€™ Nelson said in an interview with InDenver Times before his Warriors lost 129-116 to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Asked if those in the Warriors front office are aware of his plans, Nelson said, â€œI donâ€™t know.â€™â€™Â
After Sunday’s loss to James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kidd said he tries not to think about James calling him and suggesting a reunion next season.Â The two became friends when they played together for the U.S. Olympic team.
“Yeah, that’s a hard call,” Kidd said. “You don’t want to answer the phone. I just have to explore my different options I’m going to have this summer.”
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Â A week ago, Nene drew a two-game suspension by head-butting Amundson during aÂ Suns’ win and bumping official Bill Spooner after he ejected Nene with a Flagrant Foul 2 call for elbowing Amundson to the ground. Amundson criticized Nene’s play, and Nene shot back to indenvertimes.com. “You learn that you don’t let a stupid dude take you out of the game because he’s nobody,” Nene told the Web site. “He doesn’t have much (game). He just goes over there and tries to get a contract. “That was no head-butt. That is nothing. . . . If I do a head-butt, I break all of his face.” Nene is appealing to get back the $176,000 of salary he lost in the suspension.
NBA source said ex-Lakers and Grizzlies general managerÂ Jerry West isn’t interested in the Clippers’ possible GM opening because of the low salary the franchise would likely offer. Other rumored candidates include former Heat GM Randy Pfund and Lakers assistant GM Ronnie Lester. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy has held the GM title since Elgin Baylor was relieved of his duties last fall.Â
Mike D’Antoni has met withÂ Nate RobinsonÂ to implore him to stop constantly arguing with officials, grabbing at opponents and getting into altercations. He said Robinson always promises he will control his emotions. After his dust-up with the Hornets’ Chris Paul on Friday that could have led to a suspension when Robinson bumped into an official, Ken Mauer, Robinson was better behaved against Charlotte. He did go once at D.J. Augustin, but Charlotte’s rookie reacted like a 10-year veteran and simply walked away.
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