Friday, November 7, 2008

Minutes are not a gift

Don Nelson was asked earlier this week about playing time for young players.

He gave a clear, candid response:

"There's always going to be somebody who's not playing. It's up to them to keep their minds open and be ready to go when I call on them. First of all, it's up to those players to deserve their minutes. It’s not a gift. They have to deserve them.

We’re diligently working to try to improve their games and when that moment comes, I’ll be glad to play them.

I have two young players [who] are able to play in an NBA game right now and you’d have a chance to win that NBA game. The other players I would think you wouldn’t have much of a chance to win at this point in their careers."