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  1. Quote of the Day: Don Nelson thinks life in Maui doesn’t suck

    Sep 8, 2012, 7:01 AM EDT

    “Hopefully, this will be the last tuxedo I’ll be wearing. “There is life after basketball. Come out and have a cup of coffee with me in Maui.” —Don Nelson, the legendary Celtics player and the winningest coach NBA history, during his induction into the Hall of Fame speech Friday. After Nelson chased after the Minnesota…

  2. As he enters Hall of Fame, Don Nelson again says he’s done coaching

    Sep 6, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Don Nelson

    Don Nelson is deservingly going into the Hall of Fame as a coach this week — he has won more games than any NBA coach ever, he was the innovator of small ball. But at every stop he seems to be asked, “are you coming back?” He did have some conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves…

  3. Don Nelson says he got small ball idea from Red Auerbach

    Aug 30, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Don Nelson will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame as the coach who has won more games than anyone else in NBA history. He will go in as an innovator, a team builder, a guy who colored outside the lines and that worked for him. One of the things Nelson liked to do was play…

  4. Don Nelson now a Hawaii businessman, done as NBA coach

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:30 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    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…

  5. Don Nelson says he’s done coaching, not coming back

    Aug 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Coaches tend to “retire” and then drift back. You do something for so long, it gets in your blood. So you have to take what they say with a lot of salt. Not a grain. A lot. But Don Nelson is talking like there’s no question about it, he’s not coming back. Scott Howard-Cooper of…

  6. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson lead Basketball Hall of Fame class

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    I’m going to try — to really, really try — not to turn this into a “we need a separate NBA Hall of Fame” rant. Even though we do. I don’t want to go there because there are some deserving people getting into the Hall of Fame as part of this year’s class. Reggie Miller,…

  7. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, and Bernard King among 2012 Hall of Fame candidates

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    reggie-miller

    Enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a distinct honor to many in the basketball world, no matter how ridiculous and arbitrary the criteria for inclusion seem to be. With that in mind, here are the candidates for the Hall of Fame class of 2012, as announced by press conference on Friday:…

  8. Hall of Fame nominees announced. Yes, we see you Reggie.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    reggie-miller

    It’s just the first step — and getting past the first step can lead to controversy. The list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced. It’s an impressive group of people from all across the hoops spectrum (remember, the Hall of Fame is the entire sport,…

  9. Don Nelson will walk for his diploma

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    We now take a break from the madness of labor negotiations to bring you a little bit of a fun one. Retired Warriors coach Don Nelson will apparently get to walk for the diploma he earned in 1962 for finishing his degree before he was drafted. From Sports Business Daily: Former NBA coach Don Nelson…

  10. Report: Adelman wants $25 million guaranteed from Wolves

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    Rick Adelman has interviewed twice to be the head coach in Minnesota, met the owner, he has a good relationship with the star player, likes to have his team run and just generally is the perfect fit on paper for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yet, no deal so far. Why not? It’s about the money. It’s…

  11. Report: Wolves choices go Adelman, then Nelson or Mitchell

    Aug 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Maybe you’d forgotten that the Minnesota Timberwolves still don’t have a coach. And why rush, really? The season’s not due to start for two more months, and even then, the lockout will probably hold it off until much later, possibly months. So getting on the ball about a coach isn’t really an urgent matter. But…

  12. Video: Run TMC reminisces about Run TMC

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Mullin, Hardaway, Richmond, Run TMC

    With Chris Mullin going into the Hall of Fame, the golden era of the Golden State Warriors has been a hot topic. For me, that will always be Run TMC. One of my favorite teams ever to watch. Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, in a “system” designed by Don Nelson. A system that…

  13. Minnesota may get around to choosing a coach this week

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    When Pistons GM Joe Dumars was asked why he moved quickly to bring in new head coach Lawrence Frank in the middle of the lockout, he said that if you want to change the energy of your organization you should not wait. The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone the other direction. GM David Kahn let former…

  14. Breaking down the Wolves coaching search by dollars

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    It’s all about the Benjamins. With the Minnesota Timberwolves interviewing a roughly everyone west of the Misissippi River for their open coaching position — Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Rick Adelman, Terry Porter, Bernie Bickerstaff, Mike Woodson — it is hard to get exactly what they are looking for. Sure, GM David Kahn said he wanted…

  15. Timberwolves to interview Larry Brown. Yes, we’re serious.

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Larry Brown

    At this point, if I hear Minnesota general manager David Kahn wants to interview Adolph Rupp, I will not be surprised. Because now added to the long list of people being interviewed is Larry Brown, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. After interviewing Adelman and Nellie this weekend, #Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown…

  16. Wolves will interview Don Nelson Sunday

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have talked to Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, and will meet with Rick Adelman on Saturday. Then Sunday the fun begins. From the Minnesota Star-Tribune: Don Nelson has been in town all week prepping for his interview with the Wolves on Sunday. OK, so maybe he arrived here from Hawaii early this week to…

  17. Report: Bickerstaff to interview with Timberwolves Friday

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Bickerstaff

    No real shock here, this was expected, but we pass along the news anyway. Bernie Bickerstaff will be formally interviewing for the Minnesota Timberwolves vacant head coaching job on Friday, according to the Star Tribune. Bickerstaff, who is currently an assistant in Portland, has spent 13 seasons as head coach in the NBA with stops…

  18. Timberwolves may still interview Bickerstaff

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Bickerstaff

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a fast start with interviews — Terry Porter and Mike Woodson have sat down with Wolves management, Don Nelson has spoke to them on the phone and likely will get an interview. But don’t count out Bernie Bickerstaff, tweets beat writer Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Expect Timberwolves…

  19. Timberwolves interview Mike Woodson for coaching gig

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    For the past few weeks, once the ownership change went through and John Kuester was let go, it was thought Mike Woodson was he frontrunner to be the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons. But Celtics assistant (and former Nets head coach) Lawrence Frank reportedly impressed owner Tom Gores in the interview. The Pistons…

  20. Terry Porter interviews for Timberwolves coaching job

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    Don Nelson is getting all the hype, but he is still in Maui. (If you have to be somewhere, that’s not a bad place to choose.) But former Bucks and Suns head coach Terry Porter is in Minnesota talking to the Timberowolves official about their head coaching job, according to the Star Tribune. Porter has…

  21. This Nellie to Minnesota thing may actually be happening. Ye Gods.

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    If it takes two to tango, the unholy dance of David Kahn and Don Nelson together is halfway to the dance floor. After rumors popped up earlier this week of a potential meeting between the two for Nelson to take over as head coach following Kurt Rambis’ departure, Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star-Tribune spoke…

  22. Report: Timberwolves will talk to Adelman, Nelson

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Minnesota is finally getting around to letting go of the coach who was 100 games below .500 in two seasons, and finding a new one. They are looking at some name veterans — Don Nelson and Rick Adelman — according to tweets from Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources say Wolves plan to talk to both…

  23. Report: Don Nelson may be interested in coaching Timberwolves

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Nelson Wine

    ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the story: Name to watch in Wolves search: Don Nelson. ESPN.com sources say he’s not only open to return to coaching but intrigued by ‘Sota roster This would certainly be an interesting hire. The 71-year old Nelson recently retired after clinching the all-time record for regular-season coaching wins. He both took…

  24. New owner tries to rebuild bridge between Mullin, Warriors

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin HOF

    Chris Mullin’s divorce from the Golden State Warriors was a messy affair. The former star player who became GM lost the power struggle for the soul of the franchise with Don Nelson’s side and was banished. New owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber changed the equation. Nelson was out. And now the newly minted Hall…

  25. Don Nelson speaks candidly about Warriors, career

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

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    Don Nelson was back in the Bay Area — maybe that is why Keith Smart held Stephen Curry down to 20 minutes last night, just for spite — and talked about everything with CSN Bay Area in an interview you can watch below. The NBA’s all-time winningest coach told it as he saw it. Such…

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