(NEW YORK) — After 31 seasons as an NBA head coach, Don Nelson is getting the recognition many feel he deserves.
According to Nelson, he received a phone call Wednesday morning informing him that he would finally make The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. An official announcement of all the inductees will take place on Monday at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.
Nelson began his head coaching career during the 1977 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He went onto coach the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and Dallas Mavericks as well over the course of his career. In all, Nelson coached 2,398 games and won an NBA coaching record 1,335 game, giving him a .557 career winning percentage.
It’s a great honor to cap my career,” said Nelson. “I’ve had a great time and a great life coaching basketball. I don’t actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am very proud and my family is very proud of this award.”
In order to be voted into the Hall of Fame, a finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee.
Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire