By Geoff Lepper
The Warriors made it official this morning on behalf of majority owner Chris Cohan:
Cohan has hired a franchise-sale specialist, Galatioto Sports Partners, to manage the disposal of the team he ran into the ground during 16 seasons of ownership — 15 of those playoff-free.
It seems fairly obvious that Cohan is bringing in GSP to attempt to drive up the price from the $320 million value upon which Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison — the odds-on favorite to wind up as the next Warriors owner — based his early bid. According to Tim Kawakami, who has been all over this story for the better part of a year now, there are five or six other groups that have been waiting until now to get involved in the bidding.
UPDATED: Nelson just met with the media and said his back is “doing OK,” even as he wore an ice bag on it. Smart will be the coach working the sideline during the game, since going from sitting to standing is one of the things that pains Nelson the most right now.
Maybe he just didn’t want to miss the “big hug” that Stephen Jackson has promised him, but Don Nelson will coach tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats despite painful back spasms, according to general manager Larry Riley.
“We’ll see how long he lasts,” Riley joked.
Nelson complained of the back problem Thursday after practice and missed the Warriors’ shootaround Friday morning because of them. If Nelson is indeed unable to continue, Keith Smart will take over. Smart went 3-7 subbing in November and December when Nelson suffered from pneumonia.
Less than a week ago, Anthony Tolliver was toiling in the D-League. Tonight, in his third NBA game, he’ll start for the Warriors at power forward. Corey Maggette is simply playing too well — and there are too few healthy smalls on the roster — for Don Nelson to move him out of the 3.
Also: Ronny Turiaf, wearing a metal-frame brace on his left knee, is expected to give it a go tonight, which means Nelson will have nine “healthy” players available after three straight games with the league-mandated minimum of eight on call.
By Geoff Lepper
Your daily guided tour through the national and local media coverage of the always-entertaining Golden State Warriors.
San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): Nobody does internally directed criticism like Don Nelson: “They posted when they wanted, they penetrated when they wanted, and they made us pay whatever price they wanted. We just didn’t compete.”
Also, Anthony Morrow and Chris Hunter will have the remainder of their contracts guaranteed this week, unless the team waives them. There’s no chance of that happening with Morrow, but there’s still a little bit of doubt on Hunter, although I’d hazard a guess that it’s a 90 to 95 percent “yes.” The team is expected to make its decision on Monday.
By Geoff Lepper
Your (back from the New Year’s break) daily guided tour through the national and local media coverage of the always-entertaining Golden State Warriors.
San Francisco Chronicle (John Shea): I wonder how this Don Nelson quote from Shea’s piece on the wretchedness that is Oakland sports in general is going to go over at 1011 Broadway: “You don’t have a 20-year reign in which you’re going to win titles and contend unless you’re a team that functions over the cap, like the Lakers and other big-market teams. When you can’t function over the cap, you’ve got to do a better job managing your cap and money and selection of players that fit.”
So, basically, Don, you’re saying that until Chris Cohan coughs up more cash (which won’t happen), the Warriors have no hope of contending? Yeah, that’ll sell more tickets.
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