HoopsHype Don Nelson rumors

March 27, 2012 Updates

That Nelson never won an NBA title as a coach? Neither did Jerry Sloan -- 2009 inductee Jerry Sloan -- and Nellie's rosters didn't come close to the talent level of having arguably the greatest power forward and the greatest true point guard on the same team at the same time in their prime. Hubie Brown didn't win an NBA title but got in as a Contributor in 2005 on the strength of his broadcasting work combined with success on the sidelines, which includes the 1975 ABA championship. "Nellie had his detractors," said one long-time NBA executive who never had a Hall of Fame vote with Nelson on the ballot. "He was not universally loved. There was always a certain controversy with Nellie. But the numbers don't lie." The 1,335-win number most of all. "He could be bristly and prickly and unconventional and radical," the executive said. "Nellie was a controversial character. With owners, he'd usually depart with harsh feelings. He would not win a lot of popularity contests. But he was an innovative coach, and the most remarkable thing was his longevity." NBA.com

The Nelson debate says as much about the Hall as about the coach. Few candidacies say more, in fact, about the cliquish nature of the voting than the former Bucks, Warriors, Knicks and Mavericks coach passing Lenny Wilkens for No. 1 on the all-time win list in April 2010. In the very next election cycle, announced in February of 2011, he didn't so much as make the list of finalists. "I can't speak for the people who voted," said Hall chairman Jerry Colangelo about the people who vote but can't speak either. "It's a matter of votes." NBA.com

March 24, 2012 Updates
March 20, 2012 Updates

As for the tension between Nelson and Mullin ... Nellie stood and immediately moved to embrace his former player (and, later, the GM who lured him out of retirement) at the press gathering. The relationship between the two may still be strained, but there appears to be some thawing. In contrast to his speech during his enshrinement last summer at the Hall of Fame, Mullin repeatedly and emphatically praised Nelson during his formal and informal chats with media members. Sacramento Bee

Nelson said he'll finally be getting his college degree in May. He'll be earning his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Iowa. Nelson, 71, said he plans to attend the commencement ceremony with about 45 friends and family in attendance. Contra Costa Times

February 24, 2012 Updates

Miller was joined Friday by three other first-time finalists _ five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. Previous finalists on the ballot again are Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team. Washington Times

January 15, 2012 Updates
December 11, 2011 Updates

Anyone know where Don Nelson can get an extra 100 tickets for the University of Iowa commencement ceremony next spring? On May 12, almost 50 years after turning in his Hawkeye basketball uniform and leaving Iowa City for the NBA, Nelson will cross the stage at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and collect the diploma he’d always wanted but, until recently, never knew he’d earned. Approaching 72, he wants to share the moment with friends and family, which includes his wife, Joy, five children and 13 grandkids. “It’s a big day in my life,” Nelson says from Dallas. Des Moines Register

November 5, 2011 Updates

According to SportsBusiness Daily: Former NBA coach DON NELSON will graduate from college “almost 50 years after being” drafted in the ’62 NBA Draft. Nelson “plans to go through the University of Iowa commencement service in the spring of 2012, having fulfilled the necessary credits for his bachelor’s degree.” IamaGM.com

October 15, 2011 Updates

Chamberlain kept his dogs in the car during early 1970s shootarounds. That wasn’t the case with former NBA coach Don Nelson. “He’d have his dog (Bucky) on the court, and he would come out on the court and take a leak," Indiana forward Mike Dunleavy remembers about playing for Nelson with Golden State in 2006-07. “Our trainer would have to come out and wipe it up." Boston forward Troy Murphy, then also with the Warriors, said basketball sometimes would continue before the trainer got out a sponge. “(Bucky) would eat an omlette before shootaround and then go out and piss on the floor," Murphy said. “You’d kind of have to dribble around it to get your shots up." Karl said players used to bring their dogs to San Antonio shootarounds in the mid 1970s when he was a player. That sometimes turned out to be quite an adventure. “We started having fights with dogs at shootaround," Karl said. FOXSports Florida

September 27, 2011 Updates
September 9, 2011 Updates

I hear Kahn has told others in the league that the next coach will be either Adelman or Don Nelson. That goes with what I heard six weeks ago, that he told other GMs he isn’t hiring another relatively unproven coach after the failed Kurt Rambis experiment. And that means choosing one of the proven four 60- or 70-something coaches – Bernie Bickerstaff and Larry Brown are the others -- they interviewed. Nelson, 71, probably would sign a three-year deal at $10 million total (excluding incentives) or less. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 1, 2011 Updates
August 23, 2011 Updates

The Wolves brass worked for weeks to get Adelman to come in for more than a phone interview. If he wants the job, and they can agree on a salary, the job is probably his. The salary would probably have to be around $5 million per year. Adelman joins Don Nelson and Sam Mitchell, likely, as the team's top candidates. The 65-year-old Adelman has taken time off during his career, and the thought is he might want to take another year off to spend time with his family. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

August 20, 2011 Updates

Everybody in the league I have talked with in recent weeks would be more than surprised, though, if Adelman agrees to coach the Wolves. If he declines, the Wolves then will move ahead with the process and probably choose either Nelson or Mitchell for the job. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 22, 2011 Updates
July 20, 2011 Updates

Expect the Wolves to bring more candidates — including former Golden State coach Don Nelson and Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff, even though Bickerstaff’s son J.B. has taken a job with Houston — to town for more interviews with Kahn and owner Glen Taylor in the next week. Expect Nelson to interview either Thursday or Friday. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 19, 2011 Updates

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