Don Nelson is often known as a mad scientist through his famed coaching career for his inventive and unusual systems, especially so in turning round the moribund Dallas Mavericks, will be between this year’s class inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame. Basketball lines.
Nelson, a 3-time coach of the year and the NBA’s all time winningest coach, said he got the call last Wed. morning after being ignored for several years. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will officially announce the 2012 class at the NCAA Final 4 in New Orleans.
“It’s a great honor to finish my career,” related Nelson, who is involved in several business ventures and splits his time between Dallas and Maui. “I’ve had a great time and a good life coaching basketball. I don’t actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am extraordinarily proud and my family is very proud of this award.”
Nelson, 71-year-old, was left off past classes apparently for one motive — he lacked a championship ring. He revealed former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who never won a title while notching up 1,221 wins in 26 seasons — including 23 with the Jazz — being inducted in 2009 opened the door.
Nelson’s coaching career started in the 1976-77 season, taking over a Milwaukee Bucks team that was 3-15. His coaching career came to a close after 4 seasons into his 2nd stint with the Golden State Warriors in 2010. In between, Nelson had a long 1st stint with the Warriors and a short stay with the New York Knicks before taking over the Dallas Mavericks in 1997, where he was named Head Coach and Managing director and led them to 4 consecutive 50-win seasons.
One notable result of Nelson’s tenure in charge of the Mavericks was the introduction of the “Hack-a-Shaq” defense to the NBA.
Before getting into coaching, Nelson had a 14-year NBA playing career. He played one season for the Chicago Zephyrs (the franchise that eventually became the Washington Wizards) after they drafted him in 1962. After 2 years with the L.A Lakers, he had a 10-season run with the Boston Celtics that included 5 NBA championships. He had a career scoring average of 10.3 points.
Nelson was one of twelve finalists for the class of 2012, together with Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller, 5-time NCAA Final 4 coach Rick Pitino, previous NBA coach Bill Fitch and 2-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain.
On the ballot again are 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 1st women’s pro basketball team. Basketball betting lines.
The finalists were related on February. 24. Five direct elections who will serve as the original 2012 inductees also were declared in Feb: Mel Daniels, voted in by the American Basketball Association Committee; Don Barksdale from the Early African-American Pioneers Committee; Lidia Alexeeva from the International Committee; Chet Walker from the Veterans Committee; and Phil Knight from the Contributors Committee.