At age 66, Nelson guides the Warriors in their season opener
against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Nelson begins his second tenure in the Bay Area and 28th season
as an NBA head coach. From the 1988-89 season through the
1994-95 campaign, he guided Golden State to four playoff
appearances. Nelson resigned after 45 games of the 1995
campaign and the Warriors have not been in the postseason since.
Prior to rejoining Golden State, Nelson spent six full campaigns
- and parts of two others - with Dallas. The highlight of his
stint there were four straight 50-win seasons before stepping
down 64 games into the 2004-05 campaign.
Other additions during the offseason besides Nelson were
first-round draft pick Patrick O'Bryant and free agent Dajuan
Wagner, who averaged 13.4 points during exhibition play for the
Golden State went 5-1 in the preseason.
Meanwhile, the Lakers will be in the second of back-to-back
games. They opened the campaign with a suprising 114-106
victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday without superstar Kobe
Bryant, who will also miss this contest due to soreness in his
Lamar Odom tied a career high with 34 points, grabbed 13
rebounds and handed out six assists for Los Angeles, which
rallied to overcome a 19-point first-quarter deficit.
Andrew Bynum added 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists in
his first career start and offseason acquisition Maurice Evans
had 17 points for the Lakers, who shot 55 percent (46-of-83)
overall. In his debut, rookie Jordan Farmar chipped in six
points in 14 minutes.
Los Angeles captured all four meetings with Golden State last