Don Nelson Takes His Players to a Bar
According to our old pal Matt Steinmetz, Nellie took Stephen Curry, Anthony Morrow, and Anthony Tolliver to an Oakland bar after a noon practice on Thursday, presumably to spend some quiet time talking about defense and playing the right way.
The consumption of alcohol during this outing wasn't expressly mentioned in the story, although it's certainly not a reach to believe that was going on, given the location. But it's not illegal to have a few pops, and considering that this was something that took place in the afternoon (along with the fact that Nelson is 69 years old), it's unlikely that anything remotely resembling the rumored behavior of a certain former Sacramento Kings coach took place.
If you're looking to feign outrage over a coach fraternizing with his players and potentially engaging in some questionable behavior, don't leave just yet -- because there was gambling! On shuffleboard! And according to Nelson, he was the big winner.
"Actually, I was out of money and I needed some cash so I took the young guys out and shot a little shuffleboard with them in the afternoon," Nelson said. "And took their money."
Oh, the humanity!
Come on, people. This is more funny than it is scandalous. Sure, a coach spending too much time (possibly) drinking and gambling with his players would be a problem. But Nellie stopped doing things conventionally a long time ago, and if a bar is the place he finds it most comfortable to try to reach some of his far younger players, then it's hardly anything to get upset about.