I just finished my Wednesday column on Don Nelson. Some stuff didn’t get in because the column got pretty long. Here are a few interesting out-takes.

After he retired as a player, Nelson was a ref in the summer league and wanted to be a ref until the Bucks hired him.

Chris Mullin will present him at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

The three most talented players he coached were  Dirk Nowitzki, Marques Johnson and Steve Nash. Also vastly talented were Sidney Moncrief, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond,

The best coach in the NBA is Gregg Popovich.

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  1. Stan

    He had some great players,had great opportunity’s- he claims he could have been a Celtic head coach,something Boston has never said- and still not a NBA champ..or even finals.
    Like he’s a brilliant physicist..and spent his life pushing cold fusion..only HE,and he alone, never saw it was flawed. Cold smallball.

    August 28th, 2012 5:39 pm

  2. gary

    He was so lazy his last few years as a coach,
    I have a hard time giving any credit for that
    part of his career. He did not like to coach rookies. That is the antithesis of what a coach should do—teach the most to those that need it the most. He did not coash defesne. Defesne is hard work. He did not coach a standard offense. That would mean he would have to out-work other coaches, to find an edge.

    August 28th, 2012 6:14 pm

  3. CohnZohn

    gary, I can’t argue with anything you write. I wrote a nice column about him — just posted it. What the heck.

    August 28th, 2012 6:20 pm

  4. russell

    Nellie may not have coached D, but he revolutionized NBA offense.

    August 28th, 2012 7:50 pm

  5. Dr. Feelgood

    Nelson reminds me of the portly uncle who showed up at Thanksgiving dinner, regaled the family with entertaining and hilarious tales from his youth, then melted into the fattest easy chair and slept through the rest. We never knew just how true his stories were, but we sure liked having him a the table.

    August 28th, 2012 9:11 pm

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