OAKLAND, Calif. -- Don Nelson guided the Golden State Warriors to one of their most exciting seasons in years. But he cannot decide if he will be back to do it again.
According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran coach may not return to the team for the 2007-08 season if playoff-related incentives are not guaranteed, bringing his annual salary to about $6 million.
Nelson, who has two years and $6.2 million left on his current contract, would not say he was coming back to the team in May, even after the Warriors' improbable first-round upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference playoffs, the report said.
"All I will say is that Don is very conflicted," said John O'Connor, who is Nelson's representative. "He is extremely excited about this team, but at the same time, he exhausted himself this last season like he has never done before."
The newspaper reported that Nelson declined to discuss the issue, leaving it up to O'Connor and Warriors president Robert Rowell.
However, the report also stated the coach would most likely take some time to examine the situation himself, taking a vacation after helping the Warriors make draft-day decisions.
It was a remarkable return to Golden State for Nelson, who is in his second stint with the franchise. The Warriors barely squeaked into playoffs as the eighth seed but proceeded to pull off one of the most shocking upsets in NBA history against the Mavericks.
Even after being eliminated by the Utah Jazz in the conference semifinals, Golden State still was the predominant story in an otherwise non-descript postseason.
The Warriors were able to accomplish the feat thanks to Nelson, who installed his famous high-tempo offense, taking advantage of Golden State's stable of athletic young players and 3-point shooters.