Don Nelson Leaves Game Full of His Once-Wacky Innovations That Are Now Commonplace

One of the most important men in basketball history is apparently done, and news of his retirement this weekend was relegated to a four-paragraph brief in most newspapers and websites. Don Nelson, the innovative coach who forced more people to rethink the game than any coach in the last four decades — yes, you read that correctly — has officially decided he is finished coaching after 36 years on the sideline, according to a report. If fans remember Nelson, 72, for his inability to win a championship as a coach, they miss the point. Nelson won loads of games, the…

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