"It's just not going to be the same," Nelson said. "It's not just you and your best friends on the team in there; there's a whole lot of other folks that could be listening in."
The camera was just one of several new intrusions the league has afforded its national broadcasters this season. In addition to the locker-room camera, which taped Nelson's pregame and halftime talks for possible use later in the game, the coach and guard Baron Davis each wore a microphone during the contest, and Nelson was scheduled to give an interview during the third quarter.
"It's an unfamiliar territory for me," said Nelson, who's in his 28th season as an NBA coach. "It's going to be hard to be yourself, for sure, and that's the negative of the thing. You end up being an artificial person. You don't want to say your feelings sometimes, you have to be careful, you have to watch yourself. But my superiors demanded that we do it, so we'll do the best we can with it."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson was also miked up Friday, making it the second night in a row for him. The Lakers' win Thursday over San Antonio was shown on TNT.
"I'm not happy with it, but it didn't change
Coaches are given the right to kill the microphone in sensitive moments, but as Warriors executive vice president Chris Mullin pointed out before the game, it's hard to remember to click the button when your adrenaline is racing and your competitive juices flowing. "It's like, 'OK, wait ... now I'm mad,'" Mullin said. "A lot of stuff is more reactionary than that."
Despite the safeguards in place -- a representative for the league vets everything the networks want to use from the locker-room cameras before it hits the air -- Utah coach Jerry Sloan was shown by ESPN using an expletive in the Jazz's game Wednesday. With nine more nationally televised games remaining on the Warriors' schedule, could the same fate be awaiting Nelson?
"If that happened, would I be surprised?" Mullin said. "No."
Said Nelson: "Since four-letter words are about all I know, it'll be difficult not to use them."
Off the glass
Don't expect the National Security Agency to farm out any work to the Warriors anytime soon. Golden State apparently wanted to keep Monta Ellis' status under wraps until game time, but even though Nelson and Ellis stuck to the script at the morning shoot-around, that's when teammate Matt Barnes spilled the beans that Ellis was going play against the Lakers. He missed the Warriors' previous game with a strained left thigh. ... The announced crowd of 20,705 established a franchise record and also became the largest crowd to watch a basketball game in California. Both those marks were previously set when the Warriors drew 20,679 to Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Utah Jazz on May 13.
-- Geoff Lepper