Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 11:38 am  |  8 responses

Don Nelson Wanted to Coach Minnesota Timberwolves

Don Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, will be formally inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame September 7. Since retiring from the NBA two seasons ago, the 72 year-old Nelson has been living on the Hawaiian islands with his wife, Joy, and their three dogs. But if it were his choice, Nelly may have actually continued his reign on the sidelines, coaching the KLove/Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves. From the Sacramento Bee: “A few other Nelson offerings of note: He despises the isolation game he once so effectively exploited; considers the European system of cutting, movement and passing as more appealing that the modern NBA diet of dribble-heavy, one-on-one play; regards his close friend, Gregg Popovich, as the league’s premier coach; and admits that he desperately wanted the Minnesota Timberwolves job that went to Rick Adelman—’I would love to have coached Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love’—but insists his career victory total will stay at 1,335. He also speaks frequently with Nowitzki, texts occasionally with his old sparring partner, Mark Cuban, and retains tremendous affection for the Bucks, Mavs and Warriors organizations.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So did I.

  • RKJ92

    Lmao! You would probably do a better job too!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well i know i could do what Don Nelson would do lol, his strategy is pretty simple. Run, Sit Big Men, Start Different Lineups regularly.

  • Jay Bill

    I want to coach the Houston Rockets.

  • Ugh

    You forgot ‘deeply irritate at least one star player’.

  • http://twitter.com/ecvill11 Edmond Villanueva

    I want to coach the sixers! imagine, its like the Orlando Magic all over again, but this time, they have a better supporting cast and a team that can actually play DEFENSE.

  • LLC#12

    If he wants to coach again but insists his victory total will stay at 1,335, that spells out Bobcats head coach to me…

  • RunNGun

    Don Nelson’s Bucks squads at one point in time were one of the most well ran. He didn’t need to teach them how to play defense.