Nellie (Quietly) Sticks in Golden State
Nelson told Cohn he agreed to return to the Warriors two weeks ago. (The Warriors picked up Nellie's $5 million option for 2008-09 during the middle of the season; Nelson, however, said he needed to think about it. He has been in Maui since.) Considering how detailed the day-to-day reporting on last summer's Nellie-GSW stand-off had been, it's a minor miracle the team managed to keep this quiet ... without any indication they actually wanted to keep mum, save the lack of a press announcement.
Nellie is the media's best friend in the Bay Area. His personality is a boon for everyone in the journalism business; he's sort-of a rock star in radio and TV appearances. (Example: Cohn's column reveals Nellie often plays poker on Maui with Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson. !)
So how did this stay unknown? Did no one call him until Cohn did? Did folks know and keep quiet, just so Nelson wouldn't have to leave Maui early to come back and do the whole press conference thing? (Cohn says Nellie's now back on the mainland for draft prep.)
Or is something more sinister -- possibly waiting for Baron Davis to make a decision on opting out -- at play? Peter Vescey was one scribe who insisted beef between Boom and Nelson, though P.V. had Golden State losing Nellie to save Davis. Apparently, that's not happening.