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DON NELSON RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nelson Calls Owens For Richmond Trade 'One Regret Of Career'

The Golden State Warriors traded away Mitch Richmond for the draft rights to Billy Owens in 1991 to the Sacramento Kings. Owens was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection and was part of Don Nelson's plan to give the Warriors more size. "it was the worst trade I've ever made," said Don Nelson. "Mitch was a star. That's the one regret I have of my career...
Via RealGM
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall induction well-deserved for Nelson

The Miami Heat won the NBA title last season often not using a point guard, instead having LeBron James be a point forward. Where did that come from? Don Nelson. He popularized the term by using Paul Pressey as a point forward for Milwaukee in the 1980s. The Heat this season are talking about often playing small ball and being "position-less." Where did that first really...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Don Nelson wanted to coach the Timberwolves

Don Nelson, or “Nellie”, as he is known in many circles, hung up his clipboard and retired from his gig as an NBA head coach two seasons ago. Although the 72 year-old is currently living it up on the Hawaiian Islands with his family, a permanent vacation for the NBA’s most winningest coach of all-time may not have been his first choice. A report from the Sacramento Bee suggests...
Via Pass The Pill
August 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Don Nelson Boasts That He Makes the Fourth-Best Coffee on Maui

Every interview with Don Nelson is an interview worth reading. The winningest coach in NBA history, who officially retired this year and will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, provided another series of signature gems in describing his life in retirement. Nelson, 72, shared some of his many post-NBA hobbies and ventures with Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury...
Via NESN.com
August 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Hall of Famer Don Nelson thrilled to be retired

Don Nelson never knew just how much he would love retirement. In the Maui plantation town of Paia, he is far from the pressures of the fast-paced NBA lifestyle in which he thrived to become the game's all-time winningest coach. These days, he's Nellie, the entrepreneur. From his new shaved ice stand, to coffee plants and koa trees, to all his rental properties and a wedding...
Via AP on Fox
August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Don Nelson gets degree, 50 years later

Fifty years ago, Don Nelson left the University of Iowa eight credits and a student-teaching requirement shy of a degree. Nelson took correspondence classes to complete the credits. But it took the most coaching wins in NBA history for the university to decide Nelson didn't need to be a student teacher to earn a diploma. On Saturday, the former Hawkeyes' star returned to...
Via AP on Fox
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Don Nelson an Iowa graduate 50 years later

Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Nelson returned to the University of Iowa on Saturday to receive his bachelor's degree in physical education, 50 years after leaving school for the NBA. Nelson left school in 1962 needing to finish eight hours of Spanish and a student-teaching requirement. Meanwhile, Nelson took classes as a player with the Celtics and coach in Golden State...
Via AP on Fox
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE

71-year-old coach getting degree

It's never too late to go back to school. Coach Don Nelson is proving that point as he'll be finally graduating from college at 71.

Via Los That Sports Blog
May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Nelson was at his best while coaching Bucks

Modern NBA fans may not remember, but Don Nelson's best seasons on the bench were his first ones 11 years spent racking up division titles with the Milwaukee Bucks. Twenty-five years after Nelson and the Bucks parted ways and two years after the Golden State Warriors let him go while he was the NBA's leader in coaching wins with 1,335 the onetime fish tie-wearing, tractor...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
March 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Don Nelson headed to hall of fame

The Basketball Hall of Fame will soon be making room for the winningest coach in the history of the NBA. Don Nelson will be announced as part of the newest induction class this weekend, reports Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. Nelson, 71, garnered 1,335 victories over 31-seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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