Coach Don Nelson is expected to part ways with the Golden State Warriors on Monday, an NBA source told The Associated Press, possibly ending the career of the league’s victory leader.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the surprising move by new team owner Joe Lacob likely won’t be announced until the start of the Warriors’ training camp next week.
Assistant coach Keith Smart, the former Fort Wayne Fury head coach and Indiana University hero, is expected to succeed Nelson.
In his three years with the Fury from 1998-2000, Smart led all CBA coaches with 21 NBA call-ups. Smart was 85-83 with the Fury, and in his first year in Fort Wayne, Smart led the Fury to a franchise record 31 wins and an American Conference regular season championship.
Smart’s jumper gave the Hoosiers a 74-73 win in the 1987 national championship game against Syracuse.
The 70-year-old Nelson has a record 1,335 victories in 31 seasons coaching Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas.
Deliberations start in pitcher’s death
Jurors in Santa Ana, Calif., began deliberating after the conclusion of closing arguments and the reading of instructions by the judge in the trial of Andrew Gallo, charged with murder in the drunken-driving collision that killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people. The panel recessed until today without reaching a verdict.
Irish add second 2012 commitment
Cameron Biedscheid became Notre Dame’s second oral commitment for the Class 2012, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing from St. Louis’ Cardinal Ritter averaged 18.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a sophomore and joins 6-8 forward Austin Burgett from Avon on Notre Dame’s list of junior commitments. Last Saturday, the Irish picked up their first senior commitment, from 6-5 swingman Patrick Connaughton of Danvers, Mass.
U.S. women win at world tourney
Angel McCoughtry and Swin Cash each scored 16 points to lead a balanced U.S. offense in a 99-73 win over Greece in the opener of the women’s basketball world championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. U.S. plays Senegal today.
Minnesota suspended receiver Troy Stoudermire indefinitely for what coach Tim Brewster called conduct detrimental to the team but did not say why. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt dismissed freshman defensive back Jeff Knox from the team after an off-campus incident Wednesday night.
The rival Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will be featured in a reality show as part of their showdown in the Winter Classic. HBO will air four hour-long episodes in its 24/7 franchise before and after the Jan. 1 game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Red Wings expect forward Johan Franzen to miss at least three preseason games with a thigh injury sustained Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
Rules sought for concussions
Doctors told a House committee grappling with how best to safeguard young athletes in Washington that student-athletes risk altered lives and permanent brain damage if schools don’t protect them from the effects of blows to the head. Education and Labor Committee chairman George Miller, D-Calif., has introduced legislation that would require school districts to develop plans for concussion safety and management and increase student and parent awareness of their dangers.