Losers of 4 consecutive heading into tomorrow’s encounter with the Knicks, the Warriors were throughly embarrassed at the United Center last night, and the SF Chronicle’s Janny Hu reports that Don Nelson, “essentially waived the white flag on Golden State’s season and took the blame for stepping backward in Year 1 of his three-year reclamation project.”

“I thought I could get this team in the playoffs and it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to do it,” Nelson (above) said after a 113-83 waxing by the Bulls. “I feel like I’ve failed, really, in a lot of ways. I think I’ve done some good things, and I think it’s going to turn out just fine, but it doesn’t look it’s going to work out this year, so I’m pretty disappointed.

“And not having enough juice in the tank to fight it out, that’s disappointing,” Nelson continued. “But that’s the way it is. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. You can’t beat a dead horse. And we were dead in the second half. I’m not blaming anybody but myself. I didn’t know what to do.”

Nellie offered some faint praise to recent addition Kelenna Azubuike (23 points) in today’s Contra Costa Times, declaring, “When my best player on the floor is a D-League player you’re probably going to get beat.”

As if there weren’t enough reasons already to dislike Bruce Ratner, he actually uses expressions like “happy camper”.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Stephen A. Smith claims “Larry Brown’s spirit hovers over the Sixers like another hit HBO special from comedian Chris Rock.”

Rock hasn’t been seen in a while. He hasn’t been heard from in a while, either, unless you watch “I Hate Chris!” But he’s coming eventually, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Keep thinking this doesn’t apply to Brown, then call the rest of us when you wake up.

Surely “New Jack City” is on cable somewhere right this minute?

For a team that probably won’t crack the top ten prior to the tournament, Texas has been involved in a few of the season’s craziest games, last night’s double OT victory over no. 6 Texas A&M being just the latest example. And while the Longhorns’ freshman duo of Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustine (30 and 25 points respectively, 15 boards for Durant) were terrific in what might’ve been the former’s last game at the Erwin Center, what more can be said about the astonishing play down the stretch by A&M’s Acie Law IV? I’m sure there’s some way of stopping the guy, but all the comes to mind this morning is handcuffs or food poisoning.