Donald Arvid “Don” Nelson (born May 15, 1940) is an American former NBA player and head coach. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Golden State Warriors.
An innovator, Nelson is credited with, among other things, pioneering the concept of the point forward, a tactic which is frequently employed by teams at every level today. His unique brand of basketball is often referred to as Nellie Ball. He was named one of the Top 10 coaches in NBA history. On April 7, 2010, he passed Lenny Wilkens for first place on the all-time NBA wins list with 1,333 wins. His all-time record is 1,335–1,063 (.557).
Career highlights and awards
5× NBA champion (1966, 1968–1969, 1974, 1976)
No. 19 retired by the Boston Celtics
3× NBA Coach of the Year (1983, 1985, 1992)
2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1992, 2002)
Top 10 Coaches in NBA History
On December 29, 2001, Don Nelson became the third coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games, behind Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley. Nelson won his 1,300th career game on February 21, 2009, joining Wilkens as the only coach to pass this milestone. Don Nelson defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 7, 2010, achieving his 1,333rd career win. He passed Lenny Wilkens for first all-time on the list of the NBA’s winningest coaches. On September 7, 2012, Nelson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.