Pat Riley to replace Don Nelson?

Pat Riley to replace Don Nelson?

Postby Shaq Fan on Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:17 am

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Postby JSM on Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:40 am

I heard about this, but don't see it happening. Pat works his guys extremely hard, and I don't think most of the guys there would like that.
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Postby Lakers Dynasty 2000 on Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:53 am

Wow, could you imagine Riley coaching Dallas? I don't think it will happen, but that's very interesting.
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Postby JSM on Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:33 am

here are a few other interesting stories about Dallas.
Chicago Tribune: We know how players get a coach fired. They just curtail their effort. But how do players get an owner fired? It turns out padded slippers and fluffy towels aren't enough to overcome Mark Cuban's insincerity, disingenuousness, hypocrisy and pretension. Anyone get the picture here? The Mavs players surely have. They are 17-12, which would be cause for celebration with the Bulls. But the Mavs were 25-4 at this time last year. And they're 4-10 on the road, the only top Western team with a losing road record. There has been talk of Dirk Nowitzki's bothersome ankles and Michael Finley's injuries and slump. But insiders and players say the same spirit and drive are gone, emptied by the double dealing and personal aggrandizement of owner Cuban. It's one reason why All-Star guard Steve Nash talked of going to Toronto when he becomes a free agent.

Players are confused about the constant personnel changes, like the deals for Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison that have left only five players from last season's conference finals team. Even now, Cuban is talking about taking on troublesome Rasheed Wallace. Promises to popular veterans like Tim Hardaway and Nick Van Exel were broken. Players were upset with Cuban's obsessive courtship of Pat Riley last season that held up coach Don Nelson's extension. Now, insiders say, Cuban will dump Nelson the minute Riley says he'll come aboard.

To no one's surprise, Cuban is blaming Nelson and his staff for the struggles this season. "The issue isn't so much with our players as it is with our coaching staff just drilling them and drilling them and drilling them to death," Cuban said last week. "In terms of personnel, I wouldn't change it for anything." Until he does. Dallas has now become one of the most unfriendly places in the NBA for players.
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Postby FabFourLakers on Mon Dec 29, 2003 1:54 pm

well CUBAN is right...if Don Nelson is gonna start JOSH HOWARD over ANTAWN JAMISON, or hell start ANTOINE WALKER over Jamison, then there is somethin wrong!

if Pat Riley was coaching this team...he would ask for Walker or Finley to get traded immediately, and make JAMISON 1st option on offense since Nowitzki has wore off this year....THAT is what i would do, JAMISON is dallas' best player i beleive, he is tha ONLY ONE that seems to care out there and really wants to win...let nash go, let finley go and let walker go...
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Postby JSM on Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:00 pm

I would trade Finley before his stock goes down too much, his game is going downhill and they could still get a valuable player for him.

I think they need Nash, he is their spark plug. Without him, they lose almost all their energy

This should be their starting line up
Dirk
Walker
Jamison
Finley
Nash

Then just suffer the consequences of having Dirk at center, they would get punished inside, but would score enough to make up for it.

Nelson instead starts Howard and plays Jamison at center against Shaq, Dirk could do just as well. Look at Memphis...Gasol is doing fine as a center and his body type is much like Dirk :man7:
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Postby FabFourLakers on Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:09 pm

jsm0331 wrote:I would trade Finley before his stock goes down too much, his game is going downhill and they could still get a valuable player for him.

I think they need Nash, he is their spark plug. Without him, they lose almost all their energy

This should be their starting line up
Dirk
Walker
Jamison
Finley
Nash

Then just suffer the consequences of having Dirk at center, they would get punished inside, but would score enough to make up for it.

Nelson instead starts Howard and plays Jamison at center against Shaq, Dirk could do just as well. Look at Memphis...Gasol is doing fine as a center and his body type is much like Dirk :man7:


i agree with u 100%...NELSON has only done tha lineup of dirk walker jamison finley and nash ONCE, and that was against SACRAMENTO, and they won that game too...i jus dont understand WHY NOT put dirk at center? I mean other teams do it, so what if Dirk cant play D against centers? On offense, tha opposing center wont be able to guard DIRK jus as jsm stated...and then u got a weapon at EVERY position!

They shoudl DEFINETLY trade Finley while his trade value lasts...and i would trade Nash too cuz its obvious he doesnt wanna be there u know? He wants to go to toronto...

anyway if Nelson CONTINUES to start HOWARD...they will continue to lose games...

im actually surprised this team is 17-12...but im sure they'll pick it up sooner or later
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Postby ShackO on Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:08 pm

Nelly has way to many options........... Walker or Antwon? Howard :mad1:
What has he got? Way too much and he hasn't much of a clue on what to do with it all...................... that is the saddest of all...............

He has no idea how to optimize all that he has, nor will he ever........:man13:

With all his Props and faults................... he does not know how to optimize all that valuable talent Mr. Cuban is paying for....... Riley would...
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Postby Roscoe on Tue Dec 30, 2003 4:54 pm

If Dallas didn't start Howard they wouldn't have any energy off the bench. They need to trade one of the big 5 to get some players that can play some sort of defense. A player like Ron Artest or a Theo Ratliff would be ideal for Dallas. Or maybe they could trade Jamison, Fortson, and some fillers for Rasheed Wallace and Dale Davis or Ruben Patterson. Or Finley for Artest...
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Postby Andrew Evenstar on Thu Jan 01, 2004 10:59 am

i really wouldn't want this to happen, and don't think it will.
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Postby JSM on Thu Jan 01, 2004 12:04 pm

Roscoe wrote:If Dallas didn't start Howard they wouldn't have any energy off the bench.


If Nelson knew how to use his guys, then they would have some energy off the bench. This second string would get them some points and would be decent.
Fortson
Najera
Howard
Delk
Best

Howard, Best, and Delk can all score. Fortson gives them defense and rebounds; and if Najera could get out of his slump, then he could help out with putting point on the board too.
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