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Mike Montgomery to Golden State

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by DaytonBuck, May 20, 2004.

  1. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    Montgomery going to pros, will coach Warriors

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=10> </TD><TD class=page><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD noWrap>May 19, 2004 wire reports </TD><TD width=10> </TD><TD align=right><!-- /ads/sponsorships/mgm_nba_news_051404.html -->[​IMG] </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=10> </TD><TD class=page>OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Musselman was fired Wednesday after just two seasons as coach of the Golden State Warriors. He will be replaced by Stanford's Mike Montgomery, a source told the Associated Press.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=310 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=adlabel colSpan=2 height=10>Advertisement</TD></TR><TR bgColor=#ffffff><TD align=middle width=300 height=250><SCRIPT language=JavaScript> <!--// document.write('<script src="'+vTag+';'+vTarget+';'+uID+';sz=300x250;tile=7;ord='+random+'?"><\/script>'); // --> </SCRIPT><SCRIPT src=";arena=nba;feat=stories;type=psa;team=GS;user=Anonymous;myspl=no;fteam=NFL-none;fteam=NBA-none;fteam=MLB-none;fteam=NHL-none;fteam=NCAAF-none;fteam=NCAAB-none;vip=no;seg=nonaol;ctype=lan;lang=en-us;lang=en-us;vt=null;u=qjpcmaoobbsaaekdl6k;sz=300x250;tile=7;ord=3548532219488499?"></SCRIPT></TD><TD width=10> </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2 height=10><SPACER height="10" width="1" type="block"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Musselman told the AP in a phone interview he received the news of the firing from executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin around 7:15 p.m.

    Stanford spokesman Gary Migdol told the AP that Montgomery met with his players Wednesday to discuss the Warriors' situation. A Pac-10 source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Montgomery told the players he accepted the job.

    Calls to Golden State officials were not immediately returned. Montgomery could not be immediately reached for comment.

    The Warriors missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year in an injury-plagued season, finishing 37-45.

    "It's been a great two years. The players have played their hearts out," Musselman said by cell phone Wednesday night. "The organization's headed in a great direction."

    Montgomery has been one of the most successful college coaches during his 18 years at Stanford, but has no NBA experience. He led the Cardinal to their third No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed in five years this season, but Stanford was upset in the second round by Alabama.

    Stanford has been to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for 10 straight years and made the Final Four in 1998. The Cardinal won their first 26 games this season and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 with a 29-1 mark.

    The 39-year-old Musselman is the franchise's most successful coach of the last decade, but Musselman apparently clashed with management who wanted him to play the young players more so they could develop rather than relying so much on veterans.

    Musselman led the Warriors to 38 victories last season, their best finish since 1994. Golden State won 37 games this season despite injuries to several regulars. There were times the team didn't even have enough bodies to practice.

    "The next step is doing what Memphis did this year. We were looking forward to coming in and do what Memphis did this year," he said.

    The Grizzlies made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history this season after years of losing.

    "I got an opportunity of a lifetime and will always be grateful to the Warriors for that," Musselman said.

    Still, the Warriors were among the most improved defensive teams this season and established a team single-season attendance record, averaging 16,235 people per game.

    Musselman, who had one year remaining on a three-year, $4.5 million contract, was 75-89 overall.
  2. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member

    Not surprising...there is a regular season in the NBA...but no tournaments :biggrin:
  3. I can't believe they fired muscleman (spelling) They give up Gilbert Arenus did they expect to improve?
  4. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I can't believe he left Stanford for the black hole that is Golden State. A locker room with Nick Van Excel isn't something I'd wish on a rookie coach coming from Stanford.
  5. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Great, now we can watch Mike Montgomery take talented NBA "regular season teams" into the playoffs only to get knocked out in the first round year after year just like he did with Stanford.

    When are NBA teams going to learn that it's a bad idea hiring college coaches.

    I'll bet all that I own that he's not there in 3 years.
  6. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I'll do you one better Thump, I bet he's gone after next season. Just imagine the type players he dealt with at Stanford compared to Golden State.
  7. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member

    Yeah, Floyd must not have been available.
  8. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member

    All the buzz from sports commentators is basically the same as here...I see no one giving this move praise. Shows how far Golden State has fallen since 1976 that they hire a guy with absolutely no chance of winning a championship.
  9. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Looks like I was right.

    Sources: Nelson to return to Warriors as coach

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-TOP: 10px" vAlign=top><!-- begin leftcol --><!-- template inline -->Don Nelson will be named as the new coach of the Golden State Warriors this week after the Warriors agreed to terms on a buyout with Mike Montgomery.

    Sources close to the situation told that things are "all lined up" for Nelson, 66, to return to the Warriors, who haven't been to the playoffs since 1994 when Nelson was still their coach.

    Montgomery had two seasons left on his contract worth an estimated $5 million.

    Before joining Golden State, Montgomery, 59, spent 18 years at Stanford, where he led the Cardinal to 16 postseason appearances and a trip to the '98 Final Four.

    "I'm very appreciative of the opportunity that I was presented two years ago," Montgomery said in a statement released by the team. "This was a new challenge that I was eager to embrace and glad that I had the chance to pursue and experience. I'd like to thank the Warriors' organization for their support, professionalism and class, and I'd also like to thank the fans of the Bay Area. This is a tremendous region for basketball and the support that they have provided me over the years has been simply outstanding."

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    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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    I'll bet all that I own that he's not there in 3 years.

    Looks like I was right.
    An amazing psychic prediction. Did you get that after reading the book? :biggrin:


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