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Will Joe Lacob Cut Don Nelson Loose?

Earlier we noted that new Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob’s arrival might mean the end of the Don Nelson era.

David Aldridge of NBA.com now writes in support of that sentiment, saying Lacob is a “first-rate” owner but has change on his brain.

I think he wants to get rid of Nellie but doesn’t want to buy him out at the full rate. If that happens, while I think Keith Smart deserves a crack at the full-time gig, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Warriors engage in a full search.

Smart, of course, is currently an assistant coach with the team.

For everything Warriors, head over to SB Nation’s Golden State of Mind.