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On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

Posted on: April 5, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: April 5, 2010 11:52 am
 
Don Nelson, one win away from breaking Lenny Wilkens' career record for NBA coaching victories, has once again been denied entry to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The official announcement came Monday morning from the Final Four site in Indianapolis.

Nelson tied Wilkens' mark of 1,332 victories Sunday with a 113-112 victory over Toronto and can pass him Tuesday night against the Wizards in Washington. If not, he'll have five more chances before entering a summer of uncertainty. The Warriors are up for sale and a major front-office shakeup could follow. Nelson, 69, has one year and $6 million remaining on his contract and has expressed no desire to step down, or aside, or in any other direction. But depending on how the ownership change shakes out, it may not be Nellie's decision to make this time.

The inductees Monday were Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, Cynthia Cooper, Bob Hurley, Sr., Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen, along with two celebrated teams: the 1960 USA Men’s Olympic team and the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team.” The Class of 2010 also includes three legendary players who will be enshrined postumously: Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and international star Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira.

The enshrinement ceremony will be held Aug. 13 in Springfield, Mass.
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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 6:10 pm
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

Cards Rule NL--You are correct about the Chris Webber debacle and Nelson is most responsible for destroying the team at that point.  So at this point we have one good team that he had a hand in destroying.  So if we go with what sportsdvl is saying when he says "Nellie has ruined more good teams than any other coach in NBA history" then we would have to assume that no other coach has ever ruined a good team in the entire history of the league.  I guess Nelson ruined this one team and no other coach has ever ruined any other team, putting this as the one and only instance where this has ever happened.

He also stabbed Chris Mullin in the back years later when Mullin brought Nelson in to coach after the Montgomery experiment failed.

That is the theory that floats around but the reality is that team president Robert Rowell made this decision based on the fact that they thought Mullin was too "player friendly" and did not play hard ball with salaries.  They also had a difference of opinion with Mullin related to how much to fine Monta Ellis after the moped incident and Rowell felt like a heavier fine was in order than Mullin thought and basically overruled Mullin's decision on this.

Anyway, you get no disagreement from me on the Chris Webber situation but there is still nothing else that anyone has brought up including this Mullin incident that holds any weight, but I will await any real examples that anyone has.



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2010 3:23 pm
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

Nelson also took over the Warriors back in 1988.  After doing pretty decent with Run TMC (Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin) upsetting the Jazz in a first round best of 5 series, he promptly destroyed the team in 1994 after the brilliant acquisition of his Chris Webber; taking a 50 win team to obscurity.  This was due to Nelson's overinflated ego.  He also stabbed Chris Mullin in the back years later when Mullin brought Nelson in to coach after the Montgomery experiment failed.  He is a master manipulater and a turncoat.  Sure, he will make it to the HOF eventually, but only because he has coached for so many years and not because of his Won / Loss percentage.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 2:56 pm
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

That only goes for players. Coaches can go at anytime. I believe Phil Jackson went in last year or the year before, same with Popovich.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 1:30 pm
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

The NBA needs its own Hall of Fame. The current Hall of Fame is a joke. Nobody knows who votes or the criteria. Pretty much every descent Women’s college basketball coach has been elected. Every European Coach that was average has been elected. And every men’s college basketball coach that has won a national championship have been elected. But not Nellie. Please this is a joke.




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 12:14 pm
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

Great post. 



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2010 7:10 am
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

You are either very young or a complete idiot! He was the best Coach the Milwaukee Bucks ever had. They were a power house for years. Kohl gets rid of him and they have never recovered. His first move I believe as The Mavs coach was to steal Nowitzki away from the Bucks. Some coaches are willing to take the hard jobs instead of cherry pick. I wasn't upset that he didn't make it until they listed some of the people who did. Winningest coach of all time does prove he can coach.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 6:03 am
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

Nellie should be in just for this year alone! How many other coaches get this kind of fight and competetiveness playing four D-league players, an undrafted a rookiee and a cast-off? Reggie Williams 20 points? Anthony Tolliver double-doubles! Anthony Morrow 30 points and more threes (picking him up late helped me win my yahoo fantasy league) CJ Watson is leading the league in steals since the all-star break? Chris! Hunter? Devin George? The Warriors have done it with mirrors all season, but does anyone give any credit to the coach?



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 5:50 am
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

Thank you! Now that's the cheese!



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 5:48 am
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

That's all media hype with no evidence. Nellie has usually had good relationships with his players. He's not the only one who's had to deal with players that think they deserve more playing time.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 5:46 am
 

On verge of record, Nelson snubbed for Hall

What team did he ruin? I don't see any good argument there. Your points are invalid.


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