Many Bay Area fans are upset about the fact that former Warriors coach Don Nelson has yet to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. There have been plenty of media members that have spoken out on this topic, as well. And now you can add Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com to the Don Nelson fan club.
Howard-Cooper wrote, in part...
This is about his reputation because it cannot be about accomplishment. No one in the history of the game has won more games on the sideline. He was voted Coach of the Year three times, which some people would downplay for coming in a media vote. He was named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history in 1996, which cannot be downplayed since it came from a panel from within the league, almost entirely outside of the media. He coached Team USA to gold at the 1994 World Championships. (Officially, the vote is on the coaching resum alone. But should the rest of his career have additional pull, Nelson won five rings playing in Boston and was underrated as a personnel boss.)That Nelson never won an NBA title as a coach? Neither did Jerry Sloan -- 2009 inductee Jerry Sloan -- and Nellie's rosters didn't come close to the talent level of having arguably the greatest power forward and the greatest true point guard on the same team at the same time in their prime. Hubie Brown didn't win an NBA title but got in as a Contributor in 2005 on the strength of his broadcasting work combined with success on the sidelines, which includes the 1975 ABA championship.
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