September 24, 2010
It's not looking like Don Nelson will get the chance to add any more wins to his NBA record-setting total of 1,335. CSNBayArea.com reports that Nelson is going to retire as head coach of the Golden State Warriors on Monday, the day before the team's first practice of the season. Assistant coach Keith Smart will replace him.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears report that Nelson was "pushed out" and will accept a settlement on the $6 million owed him on his contract.
Wojnarowski and Spears also note that new Warriors owner Joe Lacob "was determined to replace Nelson as coach."
His life in pro ball started in 1962 when the forward was drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Zephyrs. He also spent time with the Los Angels Lakers and Boston Celtics, where he was part of five championship teams.
His coaching career started in 1976 with the Milwaukee Bucks. The three-time Coach of the Year did stints with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, along with two go-rounds with the Warriors. The 70-year-old Michigan native will likely head to his offseason home in Hawaii and leave Stephen Curry(notes), Monta Ellis(notes) and David Lee(notes) to figure things out with Smart.Let the rumors come to you. Follow Scoop du Jour on Twitter or Facebook.