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Don Nelson now a Hawaii businessman, done as NBA coach

Aug 29, 2012, 2:30 AM EDT

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We told you a few days ago that soon to be NBA Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson was done coaching. As in not coming back to the mainland at age 72, other than to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

But don’t think he’s slowed down.

He’s a businessman in Hawaii now, as the Associated Press reports.

These days, he’s Nellie, the entrepreneur. From his new shaved ice stand, to coffee plants and koa trees, to all his rental properties and a wedding venue in the works right off the beach, the 72-year-old Nelson is about as far removed from his old basketball life as he could be…

“I invested my fortune on Maui,” he added with a smile. “Those are the fun things I’m doing.”

Mmmm… Hawaiian shave ice… (read that out loud in your best Homer Simpson voice).

Good for Nelson, who never struck me as the kind of guy who could just spend retirement playing 18 every day then swapping stories in the country club. He needed to be more active. Not that at the end of the day he isn’t having a having a scotch while watching the sun set over Maui. You can bet he is.

Sounds like a pretty good retirement to me.

  1. matt20hew - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

  2. canehouse - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I saw him a few years ago in Hawaii… with Willie Nelson… I am pretty sure that they don’t only share their last name… from the lovely stench… they had to have been sharing something else too.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      After California, you go to Hawaii. Just the way it is, even if California has the best herbals in dee whole world!

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