3.21: Chronicle Live -- The Don Nelson Interview Part 3
Don Nelson talks with Greg Papa about his days in Milwaukee and his introduction to head coaching.
So that Nelson retires -- 17576. Right away joined the coaching staff in Milwaukee we'll get to the events or I became the head coach but look at that ten year run -- Incredible the bucks won fifty or more games seven straight seasons earned seven consecutive division titles. And as for Don Nelson made his name of the NBA as a head coach of natural to have a the former warrior head coach Matta head coach -- head coach and -- Rebecca parker trojans studio on chronicling Greg Papa back with -- welcome back and Don Nelson is here. So hole. Larry Costello the head coach that first year period where it's like fifteen games into the season in all of a sudden you're the head coach but you know what you're doing -- all that point. No I've actually wanted to work as an assistant for Larry -- for years that I wanted to goat and -- Jack Ramsey's decision for a couple of years that I thought after maybe five years. I'd be ready to try to be -- head coach but. We'd ever brought the end to. Work alongside of Larry as the next player because he was having little hard time. With the modern day players that I've had not anymore mater but. To identify with those players absolutely Wayne wanted to next player to coming and of course he and I were teammates with the so apparently Newman. And you know what I thought would be along stage you know we got off to a Rocky start lost -- you know all but three games we were. Three and fourteen and -- resign on the way home I beg him please Larry please dole resigned but I figured I'd be get fired Tuesday and you know. But they don't have skills they needed somebody to take over Dave big meat is take the team over and Jim FitzGerald was moved to new owner at that point and I said look I don't know what a villain -- To a player. I really don't know how to coach yet I will talk to be at five years he begged me to take the job but after I turned it down three different times. It except. -- it in about five years he got pretty good pitcher Milwaukee team. One won sixty games the only -- Raymond you know Boston or Philly in the eastern finals couldn't quite get there but you guys. Were. One of the best teams in the NBA there's no question one of the top fourteen until it all started with defense it. Said he might treat for the one guy wanna get -- we know about Paul pressing the -- a point for the my creativity was a terrific two way player. -- -- knee didn't play is longer probably as well as he could have played -- was he the guy you looked to who to -- those Milwaukee -- -- City country Quinn's former best players he wasn't my best player actually Marcus Johnson for best player and he got involved in drugs while he was played for. And but when he was young and drug free Mark Johnson was a clear head but my country. Was the most competitive player I think coach -- is unbelievable. Athlete in the will to win was there took care of his body took care of itself. And was a player there for longer is as I was there to head coach -- even think when you're after. How did you confront him about his about a -- good situation because later on when he joined the Warriors -- to confront Chris Mullin about his alcoholism is that. Is that -- got tough thing to do when you're when you do with a young man at that point their career. It's very tough. Markets where it looked like Chris did little way to rehab. And I was there with him. The -- -- the rehab didn't work very long with him. And before we could kind of see him -- in the wrong direction again. And we were able to trade him to the Clippers at that time it got three really good players for. Also lost a couple of my favorite players junior birdman was when he had to go and then traded bread winners and it was the other. Would you get back comings and Ricky pierce Ricky pierce -- coverage and Greg colleges like -- and all three were very good NBA players. And we continued to to win at a high level in Milwaukee. But that was one trade that we had to make we saw that you know that -- gonna have a dependency problem -- we -- able to move him at the right time. Point four you have mentioned that earlier you would do that with the Warriors right now with with Monta and Stefan Paul Pressly was a guy your first that it was actually brought all the the Warriors laid around he ran that. The point four when he got on the -- AL West Coast talk about. The concept of the of the point forward were forward runs the offense where does that come from. Well -- I think Johnny Johnson did it in Seattle for Lenny Wilkens. He he did -- Sunday callable point forward but. He was able to -- his ability bring the ball up keep control of the ball and initiate the offense. And what it did was. If you have a small backcourt -- it allows you to have two good shooters in the game. Both of which can be small because you've got -- somebody 66268. Handling the ball and making those passes. -- small players for whatever reason haven't officially point guards have a very difficult time guarding. You screamed so when you -- ball guard. Usually get open. In if you have a point Gary in his ability to shoot like -- -- if you had a point forward. And you had to too small the guys in the back -- it would work very well -- those guys are defiantly ignorant Paul press he was the best what I ever had Marcus Johnson did it some. I'm sure I've had a few others that did it but no nobody. Did this world bowl press Billy Owens that a little bit with the little leaguers he didn't have the passing skills. Paul proceed. It be able to think like a point guard him in and be able to guard the three. Speaking of Billy Owens and also would leave the midwest for the L West Coast and ownership change in Milwaukee Jim FitzGerald became the owner of a golden saint Warriors -- Brought down -- west he had Chris Mullin the ahead Tim Hardaway -- Mitch Richmond and the era of Ron GMC that is actually continue with Don Nelson I'm chronicle live.