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NBA Today: April 8

  • The Bobcats assured the franchise’s first playoff berth last night with their win.
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NBA Today: April 5

  • Mikhail Prohorov is reportedly planning to offer Mike Krzyzewski between $12 million and $15 million annually to coach the Nets, but the Duke coach again completely denies interest in the position.
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For sale by owner

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corp., wants to buy the Warriors

The Associated Press has reported that current Golden State Warriors owner Chris Cohan will soon put his team on the market. Basketball fans from the Bay are grinning. The likely buyer? At least for now, it’s Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corp., which currently owns the naming rights for the Warriors’ Oracle Arena.

Lately, Golden State basketball has had nothing but trouble. The most recent bright spot for the team was the highly improbable victory in the first-round of the 2007 playoffs over the first-seeded Dallas Mavericks. Boy, was Mark Cuban pissed.

So this sale can only mean great things for the Warriors’ players and fans alike, right? Absolutely right. They’ve been craving something like this up there in Norcal.

If you’ll recall one of my posts last week, I ranked the top five young squads by team in the NBA. On that list was Golden State. To reiterate, the Warriors have a ton of young talent that should be able to make a significant impact in this league. I also noted, however, the primary reason the team hasn’t gelled: Don Nelson. He has no business coaching a team with this much of a young presence.

Naturally, any Golden State fan would want Nelson to be out of there. So many are reading this ownership change as synonymous with a coaching change — and that makes sense. I’d say it’s almost assured Ellison, or whoever buys the team, ships off Nelson.

So don’t fret. The Warriors will rise again. Just get rid of Nelly.

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