Don Nelson, Winningest NBA Coach Ever, To Be Enshrined In Hall Of Fame

MINNESOTA, MN - FILE: Head coach Don Nelson of Golden State Warriors in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves during a basketball game at Target Center on April 7, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was reported that head coach Don Nelson was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame April 2, 2012. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

Don Nelson, who coached Golden State two separate times, is going into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The man affectionately known as Nellie around the NBA is going to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Don Nelson, a three-time NBA coach of the year who won a league-record 1,335 games, is one of 10 basketball legends and that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

Nelso played in the NBA for 14 seasons, then wound up coaching for 31 years. Two of those stints were with the Golden State Warriors; he also coached in Milwaukee, New York and Dallas. His last season was 2009-2010 when he coached the Warriors.

Golden State fired him after a miserable season.

Nelson was known for winning without plodding big men. He liked to use athletic players to push the ball up the court and outscore opponents.

Nelson now lives in Hawaii. He's going into the Hall with some familiar names: Nike co-founder Phil Knight, former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller, former Los Angeles Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes and former Houston Rockets center Ralph Sampson.

Talk about Nelson with Warriors fans by heading on over to Golden State of Mind. Hit up the SB Nation NBA hub for more comprehensive pro basketball coverage.


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