Don Nelson is an American former professional basketball player and head coach.
He was a small forward who stood 6'6" and played college basketball for Iowa.
Nelson played for the Chicago Zephyrs from 1962 to 1963 after being selected in the NBA Draft by them.
He was a member of the Boston Celtics from 1965 to 1976 as well as the Los Angeles Lakers from 1963 to 1965.
The Boston Celtics retired his number 19 after his five NBA Championships with the team during his playing career. From 1976 through 1987, Nelson served as the Milwaukee Bucks' head coach.
Between 1995 and 1996, he served as the head coach of both the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors.
From 1997 to 2005, Nelson led the Dallas Mavericks, then from 2006 to 2010, he led the Golden State Warriors.
He twice served as the NBA All-Star Game's head coach. He was elected NBA Coach of the Year three times. As one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History, Nelson has been recognized.
At the 1994 FIBA World Championship, he also received a gold medal for coaching the US men's squad. In 2012, Nelson became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He declared in 2015 that he will construct the first hemp house in Hawaii.
Don Nelson's net worth is currently estimated at $30 million.
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Don Nelson was married to Sharon Nelson. With her he has a kid.
Don Nelson is married to Joy Wolfgram since 1991.
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