Publicly, Warriors coach Don Nelson has continuously stiff-armed talk of him becoming the NBA's winningest coach ever. The irritation is evident on his face whenever he's asked about it,
But if any desire exists in him to take down Lenny Wilkens for the most coaching victories in NBA history, Nelson had better do it now. And he knows it.
The team's announcement Monday that majority owner Chris Cohan has placed a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn certainly increases the pressure.
But despite 30 points from guard Monta Ellis and 29 from swingman Reggie Williams, Nelson failed to move one step closer with Monday's 133-131 loss to the visiting Phoenix Suns.
He stays five wins from breaking the record. He's got 12 games left.
"I'm 70 years old. My future is clear," said Nelson, who has one more season, for $6 million, on his contract. "I have one more year left and then I'm going to retire. I'm going to fulfill my contract.
"What happens, happens."
What many expect to happen, depending on how fast Cohan finds a prospective buyer and works out an agreement, is that the new boss will come to town and clean house.
Among the first places to start is at the top: president Robert Rowell, general manager Larry Riley and Nelson.
If the sale takes a while, Nelson might get to finish out his contract. But some inside the organization think the sale could go down quickly, as franchise sales go.
If Cohan makes
Riley said the team isn't concerned about what could happen.
He said the potential sale won't change how he's approaching the draft, or his plans for improving the roster via the trade market and free agency this offseason.
"I will just proceed as normal," Riley said. "We proceed as though everything will continue as it is now. Until we're notified otherwise. All I've been told is 'go do your job.'''
Notes: Center Ronny Turiaf was given the NBA Community Assist Award for February. He is the seventh Warrior to win the award, joining Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Derek Fisher, Antawn Jamison and Adonal Foyle.