The 3-minute interview with Don Nelson 

After a few months of retooling following the Warriors’ unexpected playoff run, the coach gets back to the business of winning games with tonight’s season opener against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. He will do so with a group of players that is even younger than it was last season, but with a core buoyed by the stunning postseason upset of the Dallas Mavericks.

What are your expectations for this season? I’m a little confused right now. I wish I could tell you we were gonna be good, but I can’t.

Can you take the next step and become an elite-level team? I don’t know that we’ll do it. I just don’t know. I don’t know if we’re good enough.

Why? It’s a little of everything. We just can’t assume that we’re going to pick up the magic we had last year.

You penciled first-round pick Marco Belinelli into the starting lineup before camp, but now he is out. What happened? The assets he had, we totally destroyed ’em. He’s working on a lot of things. That’s OK. He’s going to be a really good player. I think I evaluated him too highly, just like any other rookie. He’s 22 years old and with great talent.

What surprised you about going 5-2 in the preseason? The fact that we were able to win more games, although I don’t know how we did it. We’ve had a great camp. I don’t think we’re playing as well during the game as we are in practice. I don’t know what that says. I’m a little confused right now over how good our team is, where we are.

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