— Last year, it was Al Harrington.
This year, it's Stephen Jackson.
Next year, will it be Stephen Curry?
Or should it be Don Nelson who is granted his walking papers?
Isolated incidents with disgruntled players are one thing. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan had to deal with Carlos Boozer's talk-show vents in the offseason. Blazers coach Nate McMillan is currently dealing with Andre Miller's lineup contretemps.
In a league where discontent happens, such is part of coaching life.
But with the Warriors, it has grown chronic. And at the center of its all is Nelson, with whom things seemingly never end civil, be it his previous coaching parting from Golden State or his more recent parting from the Mavericks.
Now, granted, Jackson comes with plenty of baggage. There is a reason he hasn't stayed in one place very long. But it was Nellie who tore apart his roster and anointed Jackson his leader, new contract and all.
Now Captain Jack would like nothing more than to jump ship, his recent venting leading to a two-game suspension.
There certainly are teams in the league in greater personnel distress. Many of those teams, nonetheless, could finish above the Warriors in this season's standings, if only because there is a reliable infrastructure in place.
Few, if any, franchises in the league (yes, Clippers included) are currently as rudderless as Nellie's Warriors.
And, as Monta Ellis and Anthony Randolph can attest, it hardly is the most nurturing environment for young players.
Two years ago, Nellie and the Warriors were the toast of the playoffs, with their first-round destruction of the Mavericks.
But Nellie couldn't leave a good thing alone. A power play ensued; Chris Mullin was forced out.
Now, one of the league's most passionately supported franchises is in shambles. And at the center of the storm, even more than his enigmatic forward, is the coach himself, once again conjuring a recipe for disaster.