Golden State coach Don Nelson has been told by the league not to bring beer to interviews anymore:
``We talked to the team,'' NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in an e-mail. ``It won't happen anymore.'' Nelson, 66, brought a can of Bud Light into the interview room on more than one occasion during his team's opening-round upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks. After the series-clinching win on May 3, Nelson was watching the Turner Network Television broadcast while waiting to begin his press conference. Charles Barkley, a Turner analyst who had picked the Mavericks, was wearing a ``We Believe'' T- shirt worn by fans of the Warriors. According to a Sports Illustrated account, Nelson raised his beer and called out, ``The Chuckster,'' referring to Barkley. Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said the team received the league's directive.
Um, how much do I love Don Nelson after reading this? He drinks cans of Bud Light and gives shout-outs to "The Chuckster?" Go Warriors!
Speaking of Barkley, he's quoted in today's Metro as saying "Danny Ainge turned the Celtics into the Clippers." Times have been tough for C's fans, well, ever since Ainge took over.