Recounting Don Nelson's Hall of Fame career
Don Nelson's former assistant Garry St. Jean and former teammate Jim Barnett join Greg Papa to look back on colorful career by Don Nelson, a 2012 Hall of Fame inductee.
Ladies and gentlemen Chris Mullin is a hall of fame error in this -- is going to be going into the hall of fame shortly the winningest coach. In the history of the NBA one. I. Realize that they saw us around 09 nights later our news alert Don Nelson -- is going into the basketball. -- -- was talking to a reporter today in Dallas and he leaked it out. A little early. So we have academy knew he was going to be a hall of Famer did the way they winningest coach in the history. Of the NBA 1300. And 35 victories he spent eleven of his 31 years with the Warriors and 1422. Of those games on the sidelines with the Warriors. A three time NBA coach of the year the final one was with the Warriors during the run TMC days of 9192. And all three of his NBA coaches of the year award he had a number one assistant named it. Gary saying -- welcome the Warriors pregame live Greg -- alongside the same thing congratulations TO you're. Instrumental in a lot of those victories for else I was privileged to break. In the NBA would -- he gave me an opportunity come into the NBA and spent great years of the minimal Milwaukee. Seven years there we never won less than fifty games in that three -- the years you won over sixty. And then a great run here right before I went up to Sacramento but that. You know what he was a real innovator of watching him make these play calls and I can remember every single one of the place. He was a genius on both ends of the floor. It was a very very Smart player with the Celtics and that. This is this is overdue and I'm thrilled for him. It it'll be really neat that. Just be part of that whole atmosphere when it gets back to spring kill -- right grow up right there. And Don Nelson as a player was a five time NBA champion during his round at. With the Boston Celtics are undeniably. He is Springfield worthy. He had two runs with the Warriors the 88 to 95 run that you were a part of -- one of the most exciting times in. In a warrior history not a lot of you know championships as far as playoffs but. That team was fun to watch and it was all done Nelson I don't know that you could -- had better camaraderie it was a it was an amazing feeling from all Molly's retirement ceremony this he all those guys together again pop that. Just a great feel you know all the great memories and and that is fun times and he -- Not only was it does a great coach. But he was great with the guys he had a good time more than they had he earned our respect -- serious business but today it was really a great time. To be part of the Warriors he was a lot. Fun to be sure he came back for a second tour with the Warriors 2006 through 2007 became the all time winningest coach in a night in Minneapolis a couple of years ago and it. Jim Barnett had the honor of interviewing Don Nelson right after they got the with a win a -- when he got the victory. To become the winningest coach in NBA history you were also a teammate. Of Nellie is going back as a rookie in 1966 he helped break you into the NBA as the Boston Celtics. He taught me a lot of bad happens believe it and what did you eight year old kid I could walk up and up to that was a whole new world going into that locker room to a team. Have won eight straight championships all those veteran players you know guys are 363534. Years of age. And Russell was a player coach thank goodness by the way he was terrific but no -- was very helpful and I used to babysit. For Don Nelson's children little -- was only five years old in my life that I used to babysit. So what are your thoughts about him as a coach Jim I can't believe he did go to the hall of fame. Sooner or not just the victories but first time in you and I did the games together he was. The very best coach in the NBA. Yeah and everyone knew that around the league everyone feared playing the Warriors. Not because of their record but because of what they can do on any given night and -- that type of game that they played because he changed it you know he came to that point forward position. In Milwaukee when he first took over and over there and he was always a coach that would do something different not afraid to go on a -- and do something different. And make the other team adjusts to him rather than having you adjust. Did that their lineups and it just was innovative and all of a little quirky is it got towards the end they're not. But he was a lot of fun. You know what I remember most about -- in recent. Times the last series coast here with the Warriors let me on the card game he taught me how to play -- and I did not play the fifth -- what do you need to collect 200 dollars. 25 minutes and I guess maybe they'll start for me so much that you took advantage of his job we had to play well guess what. Soon I was beating him whatever he take you behind did imagine. Obviously you can go out of the back from bad it was but I enjoyed taking his money. There's two guys in his -- Theres nobody like no -- they dug up mine and I don't yet have a good call that night at.