The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame tries to keep the identities of its incoming members quiet until the NCAA Final Four weekend, but earlier today it leaked out that Don Nelson is among this year's inductees. Nelson, who won five championships as a player with the Boston Celtics, coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks (long enough for a cup of coffee), the Dallas Mavericks, and spent his final seasons back with the Warriors.
Though he never won an NBA title as a coach, he led the U.S. 1994 World Championship team to the gold medal and has long been regarded as one of the league's most innovative minds. He also happens to be the all-time winningest coach. Nellie is a charismatic, but polarizing figure, which is probably why he wasn't inducted sooner. They play politics in basketball, too. But this is a well-deserved and overdue honor.
Before the Kings-Spurs game, Kings coach Keith Smart (mentored by Nelson) and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (a close friend and one-time Nelson assistant), texted their congratulations.