Don Nelson now has the most wins ever as an NBA coach with 1,334. Regardless of the job he's done this year, give Nelly some respect for what he has accomplished. Nelly, like Walter Mathau as coach Buttermaker in the Bad News Bears, knows how to get the most out of the least. During Sunday's game against OKC, Keith Smart assumed head coaching responsibilities, while Nelly supervised from the bench. This isn't the first time Nelly has given Smart the reins, for some on the job training. Keith Smart coached the Warriors while Nelson recovered from Pneumonia in November, and beat the Mavs in Dallas with a six man rotation.
Nelson turns 70 next month, he has the record, and Keith Smart seems to be a qualified successor to coach. Will Don Nelson come back next season for the final year of his contract? We know Don Nelson doesn't pass on a pay day and the mastermind GM inside has an investment in the upcoming off-season. As much as Nelson has accomplished, I don't see him walking away from this project at this point. Nelly wouldn't mind hanging around to pad his retirement, pad his win total, and leave on a winning note by getting next year's team into the playoffs.