Since Don Nelson will be inducted into Springfield, Massachusett’s Basketball Hall of Fame tomorrow—with Reggie Miller and others—SI did a photo retrospective, which is presented here as a
middle school elementary school level collage of my own making.
Nelson sat down with Marc Stein at ESPN for a little Q & A about his illustrious time in the game as a coach (he won the coach of the year award 3 times) and player (he won 5 titles with the Celtics during the end of Russell’s reign in the late 60’s and those so-so Hondo/Cowens teams in the early-mid 70’s). Sam Amick also wrote about Nelson’s “‘storybook”’ career for Sports Illustrated.
Personally, I’ve always been leery of him after his Bucks squad (featuring post-cab driver-Dave Cowens) swept the Celtics in the ‘83 playoffs, but whatever—that’s probably on account of my old man’s influence.
Congratulations Don, you deserve it. I hope your Nellie ball offensive style continues to speed the game up and annoy lumbering low post players.