Former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson said he received a call Wednesday morning informing him that he would be amongst this year’s class inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s a great honor to cap my career… I’ve had a great time and a great life coaching basketball. I don’t actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am very proud and my family is very proud of this award.”
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is set to officially announce the 2012 class on Monday at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.
Nelson had been left out of former classes apparently for one main reason; he does not have a championship ring. Nelson said that former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who was inducted in 2009 opened the door for him as Sloan also does not have a ring.
Nelson finished off his coaching career in 2010 following four seasons into his second stint with the Golden State Warriors.
Nelson is amongst one of twelve finalists in this year’s class, alongside Indianan Pacers great Reggie Miller.