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Don Nelson: Lenny Wilkens is my idol

Mar 29, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

Ask Don Nelson a question about breaking Lenny Wilkens’ record for all time victories by an NBA coach, and he will shoot you a disgusted look. The man does not want to talk about it.

But Sunday night he did talk — a little — about his admiration for the man he is chasing in the record books.

“Lenny Wilkens, he’s been my idol ever since I’ve been coaching, and it’s quite an honor really, to be talked about in the same number that he has,” Nelson said after his team beat the Clippers Sunday. “So if I ever get the honor to bypass him why it will be quite an honor for me.”

Nelson, with 1,330 wins in his career, remains two short of tying and three short of passing Wilkens. The Warriors have just nine games left to do it this season. With the team up for sale, there are no promises about next year for Nelson.

Line of the night goes to Steve Perrin from Clips Nation: “(Nelson) has to feel pretty good about his chances when he looks and sees he gets to play the Clippers again.”

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