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Bob Ryan

Ex-Celtic Don Nelson gets rightful place in Hall of Fame

NEW ORLEANS - He stood on the stage with his fellow rookie Hall of Famers for a good half-hour, and the grin never once left his face. Don Nelson truly was a legitimate candidate to be acclaimed as The Happiest Man In The World.

This should have been a no-brainer. He has won more games than any coach in NBA history. As a player, he was an integral member of five Celtics championship teams. He played and coached in a staggering 3,451 games, beginning as a rookie with the Chicago Zephyrs in 1962 and ending with a second stint as coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2009-10.

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