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Riley also liked that Curry was the son of a successful and respected ex-NBA player. Riley sold then-Warriors coach Don Nelson on Curry as well. Austin and Dell Curry still tried to keep the Warriors away from Stephen Curry. But Austin told then-Knicks president Donnie Walsh that unless they could trade up, he expected Golden State to draft Curry. Austin said Walsh didn't believe him because the Warriors already had guard Monta Ellis. "I said, 'Larry, I like you a lot and respect you a lot, but don't take Steph. This is not the right place for him,' " Austin said. "We wanted him in New York." Said Riley: "Dell was the same way. He was almost cold." Yahoo! Sports

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career. Popovich has received the league's top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. In a career full of masterful coaching performances, Popovich may have delivered his best in season No. 18. USA Today Sports

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Monta Ellis smiled and shook his head when asked for his reaction to Don Nelson's recent comments about him in Sports Illustrated. That's a pretty pleasant response to being called "a pain in the ass when I had him" and "little selfish bastard" by the man who coached him for four seasons with the Golden State Warriors. "That's Nellie being Nellie," Ellis told ESPNDallas.com, chuckling. "I mean, at that time, I was, but it is what it is." ESPN.com

December 17, 2013 Updates

As for former Golden State guard Monta Ellis, now with the Mavericks, Nelson calls him “an incredible, gifted athlete” but “a pain in the ass when I had him.” One day, Nellie recalls, “I said, ‘You know, Monta, this is what I want you to do in practice today. I don’t want you to take a shot. I think you have the ability to create and make plays. If you could ever be a point guard, the way you can score, you could really be a special player.’ So he did. He found people in practice. And I said, ‘Monta, why don’t you focus on being a great point guard. They have the most fun of anybody. They’re the man, they control everything.’ ” Nellie pauses. “He said, ‘Coach, I just want to play. I just want to play.’ He wouldn’t consider that. Now, as he’s matured, he’s started making plays. To his credit, he’s a pretty good player right now. When I had him, all he wanted to do, little selfish bastard, was to shoot every time. And never pass.” SI.com

June 26, 2013 Updates

Former National Basketball Association coach Don Nelson and his former wife Sharon Nelson divorced in 1989, but there is an issue about that settlement that remains active in 2013. Nelson, 73, is no longer a coach in the NBA. His last job was with the Golden State Warriors. He retired from that team, and the NBA, on June 30, 2011. He now lives in Hawaii. Sharon Nelson, 74, lives in Brookfield. According to documents filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Don Nelson is seeking to reduce the amount of payments he makes to his ex-wife since his annual salary has fallen below the threshold set for those payments in the 1989 settlement. Since ’89, he has made 22 annual payments of $50,000 to his ex-wife. He was required to make those payments to her as long as he was actively employed and earning a “personal services income” over $350,000. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Rick Majerus' solitary season on an NBA bench in 1986-87 was spent as a Milwaukee Bucks assistant to head coach Don Nelson and sidekick to then-Bucks assistant Del Harris. Nelson and Harris quickly became two of Majerus' closest friends in the game. The longtime college basketball coach's passing Saturday was thus felt deeply in Dallas, where the Nelson-and-Harris tag team remains firmly entrenched after they reunited with the Mavericks from 2000 through 2007 alongside current Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. ESPN.com

Said Harris on Sunday: "Rick will be known by his friends and those players who followed him closely by one short sentence: He cared. "Regardless of how demanding he was, Rick proved his love for friends and players past and present in a myriad of ways. I have recorded and saved voicemails he has sent me and my son Dominic has saved encouraging letters Rick sent him from years past. Obviously I could go on and on. "He had tons of friends (in the game). He was totally dedicated to his family, particularly caring for his mother after his father died. He called me the brother he never had and I suspect he used that expression a lot." ESPN.com

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Don Nelson will officially enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. But there is one notable person that thinks the NBA's all-time leader in coaching victories should not be inducted. Nellie himself. "I don't really feel deserving to be in the Hall of Fame, but I am in and I'm happy about that," Nelson told Yahoo! Sports. "It's a great, great honor. There are a lot of guys who deserve it more than me that haven't got in yet like Al Attles, Bill [Fitch], [Dick] Motta and those guys. They were real coaches. Man, did they ever coach. "So I feel a little undeserving. But anyway, here I am. Here I come." Yahoo! Sports

Nelson had a good run as the Mavericks' coach, but his relationship with owner Mark Cuban soured. Nelson guided the Warriors to a stunning upset of the top-seeded Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. "I haven't heard from Dallas," Nelson said in regards to making the Hall of Fame. "But that's (Mavs owner Mark) Cuban. He's not going to do anything. I don't blame him." Yahoo! Sports

The Warriors acquired Webber as the No.1 pick in the 1993 draft. He was named Rookie of the Year, but clashed with Nelson in his first year. Golden State ended up trading Webber to the Washington Bullets for forward Tom Gugliotta and three draft picks on Nov. 17, 1994. Nelson stepped down as coach and general manager on Feb. 13, 1995. "He was a talented young player, but he was very difficult to coach early in his career," Nelson said. "I'm not the only coach that had trouble. Until he matured and knew what it was all about he was a difficult guy to coach." Yahoo! Sports

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