Don Nelson

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    June 23, 2011

    The Top 5 Worst Draft Picks in the History of Your Dallas Mavericks

    Coulda been Kobe​Determining the best Mavs' pick of all-time is simple: Dirk Nowitzki. You know the story. In 1998 then-general manager Don Nelson took the giant German in a draft-day switcheroo with the Milwaukee Bucks for the late, not-so-great Robert "Tractor" Trayor. Just a week after t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Dennis Rodman = Hall of Fame. Wait, Is It Still April 1?

    ​When Dennis Rodman graduated South Oak Cliff High School he was 5-foot-8 and he'd never really played organized basketball. Years later he wore a wedding dress to marry himself. And he was once suspended for kicking a photographer in the crotch. Throw in two Defensive Player of the Ye ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    The Top 5 Coaches in the History of Your Dallas Mavericks

    ​Mavs got a no-brainer, must-win last night over the Memphis Grizzlies to remain tied for second place in the NBA's Western Conference with four games remaining. While Dallas jockeys to stay out of the Los Angeles Lakers' bracket and while owner Mark Cuban fired a strange, but strong war ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Mark Cuban: Out of the SEC Frying Pan ... Into the Hillwood Fire

    Just as Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban is finishing his jig in the wake of beating an insider trading charge from the Securities & Exchange Commission, today comes another legal pothole. This one from the guy who sold him the Mavericks. Hillwood Center Partners, which is contr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Basketball's Hall of Shame

    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is hallowed ground. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is a sacred shrine. The Basketball Hall of Fame is an absolute joke. I realize it's weird timing, seeing that this year's class - Michael Jordan, Jerry Sloan, David Rob ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    It's the Year of the Ox! Is that Good for the Mavs?

    Don't know how I missed it - maybe it's because I'm from Duncanville - but Monday was the Chinese New Year. And 2009, as if you didn't know, is the Year of the Ox. In the name of Wang Zhi-Zhi, what could that possibly mean for our Dallas Mavericks? *So far it means this: The Mavs are undefeat ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    Commence: Re-Entry

    Anyone remember where I live? Okay, let’s see what I missed here on the homefront while vacationing in Canada and “working” in California. Hmm … *Rough week for our beloved Mark Cuban. First, Ron Artest gets traded to the Rockets, dropping his Mavericks to fourth-best in their own da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2007

    Owen Wilson, You Got Some 'Splaining To Do, Bro.

    You saw this, right? OK. Maybe not. Maybe you shut off the teevee before the fourth quarter. Maybe you threw it out the window. Maybe you shotgunned the sumbitch. So maybe you missed seeing Owen Wilson -- good ol' Dallas boy, fer Chrissakes -- cheering on the Golden State Warriors. Maybe you missed ... More >>

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    May 1, 2007

    Nellie and Cuban and the Love Lost

    On the front page of this morning's Wall Street Journal, you will find a story detailing the relationship -- or, rather, rift -- between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and his former coach, Golden State's Don Nelson. Maybe their falling-out was over money -- the $6.6 mil Nellie claims Cuban owes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    Whoa, Nellie

    It's all you, Erick Dampier. Even if you do have a man purse. It’s all about Nelson. Not this one. This one. Like some of us have said before, Don Nelson is an entertaining clown whose unorthodox coaching gimmickry sometimes makes better teams look bad. But in the end, he can’t beat our Johnson. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2007

    Schmoes 1, Pros 0

    Avery Johnson is still scared of Don Nelson. Yeah, this is gonna be a long series. Toldja. The Dallas Mavericks will eventually win this war, but ol’ pal Don Nelson has already won an important battle. See, when Nellie used to coach the really crappy Mavs in the ‘90s and they’d come up against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2007

    C'mon, But What About Rodney McCray? Or Fat Lever? Or Alex English?

    At first glance, it's cool that a former Dallas Maverick is up for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. What's that I say? Don't tell me you forgot that Adrian Dantley played a whopping 76 games here after the trading of Mark Aguirre in 1989. Well, he did. But even if he's selected among a ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007
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    March 1, 2007

    Oscar Oversight

    Never fear, we won't let the Academy Awards ignore sports

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Mavs Can't Win a Damned Thing

    If you thought things weren't going well at Reunion Arena last night, check out how triple poorly they went at the American Airlines Center, where the Maverics unveiled the Western Conference Championship banner. Kind of. Sort of. This was just before Don Nelson's Golden State Warriors took the Mavs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    Eye on The Balls

    You probably can't tell, but this is Your Favorite Dallas Maverick. But one bit of advice, Ben and Skin: Remember Ticket TV? No? Just sayin', fellas. Look sharp. Don Nelson won't return to the American Airlines Center until Monday. Unfortunately, his style of basketball arrived Thursday night. In a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    A Banner Night?

    Tonight the Dallas Mavericks take the first step of what they hope is an eight-month journey to the NBA Championship. Dirk Nowitzki will resume his climb to MVP. Avery Johnson will continue to preach "basket-BAWL." Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs will again provide the major obstacle. And, of c ... More >>

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    October 31, 2006
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    October 19, 2006

    Two of a Kind. Or UnKind.

    Mark Cuban says he wishes Don Nelson all the luck in the world. Yeah--luck, with a capital "f." I'm supposed to be all jacked up about October baseball and all fixated on tonight's Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Mets and Cards. But, nope, not even a little. If Mavs-Spu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2006

    Anyone Need a Good Nelsoning?

    Don Nelson can get ya 50 wins, no sweat. Then it's off the bench and on to the beach, which is what happens when you got no defense. On Salon today, King Kaufman--a self-proclaimed "lapsed but still-sympathetic fan of the Golden State Warriors"--writes about former Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2006

    Whoa, Nellie?

    Don Nelson's getting back to basketball. Coulda sworn he quit forever when he left Dallas. Hunh. So now we know exactly how much Don Nelson disliked Mark Cuban. After quitting the Mavericks and saying he was just tired of the travel and ready to settle down with his wife on a beach, the former Dall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    Where There's Smoke, There's Usually Mark Cuban

    Could the coach on the right wind up with the coach on the left--which is to say, left out? We shall see. In the month since our Dallas Mavericks broke our hearts with a dramatic come-from-ahead loss in the NBA Finals, owner Mark Cuban has been dissed by Dirk Nowitzki and now is apparently turning a ... More >>

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    July 5, 2006

    Of Nelsons Willie and Don

    The man will actually sing "Whiskey River" while changing your wiper blade and filling your tank. Willie Nelson and former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson share more than just a thing for Hawaii; seems both are willing to bet a little bank on biodiesel fuel, damned hippies. In The New York Times t ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Assist, Nellie

    Transformation started by Mavs' Godfather finally finished

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006

    The Giant General

    It was Don Nelson who set the table and prepared the food for your Dallas Mavericks. But it's been Avery Johnson who's taught them how to eat. Johnson, known as the Little General for his short stature and stern disposition, will receive the NBA's Coach of the Year award before Wednesday night's Gam ... More >>

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    April 4, 2006
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    March 10, 2006

    Gooooo, Nellie!

    You saw the picture here on Monday. Now you get the details. Seems 65-year-old former Mavs coach Don Nelson is having a life the rest of us only dream about. That is, assuming you fantasize about getting drunk with Owen Wilson, acting in shows directed by George Clooney, sitting in A-list seats at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2006

    And the Oscar for Best Seat Goes to...

    Hoop it up: Former Mavs coach Don Nelson, far left, at the Oscars, where, presumably, the beer is free ...Don Nelson, former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, who sat two rows behind his pal and boss (?) George Clooney at the Academy Awards last night. Mark Cuban was there, too, and though none ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 15, 2005
  • News

    January 27, 2005

    The Understudy

    Avery Johnson will make a fine coach someday, but why today?

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Rumor That Got Us All Worked Up Over Nothing

    Shaq to come to the Dallas Mavericks

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    Moody Mavs

    For a team headed to the playoffs, Nellie's group is a schizo bunch

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Nervous Nellie

    Plus: One-Way Street; Quotes Taken Out of Context From Other Publications

  • News

    September 18, 2003

    Hilarity Stripe

    See, it's a play on "charity stripe," which is funnier than this column

  • News

    May 22, 2003

    Hot in Here

    Deep in the playoffs, Cuban keeps the heat on Nellie

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Back to the Future

    For Dirk, Don and the Mavs to compete with the Lakers, they'll have to look to an unlikely source for inspiration: the late-'80s teams of Mark Aguirre and Dick Motta

  • Culture

    April 19, 2001


    Fifty wins was cute and all, but now the Mavs will only go as far as Juwan takes them

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best professional sports coach

    Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars

  • Culture

    July 6, 2000

    Feelin' the draft

    Between beer and Mark Cuban, there lies hope--and a bunch of drunken Mavs fans

  • Culture

    July 29, 1999

    Belo's sure got balls

    The News now co-owns the Mavericks, but at what price?

  • News

    July 8, 1999


    Hold these balls; A reader gets fished in; George W., globetrotter

  • Culture

    April 1, 1999

    Boo ball

    How much longer must we suffer the woeful Mavericks? Well, that's too long

  • Culture

    February 4, 1999

    Net gain

    Things are looking up for the Mavs -- of course, everything's up from the bottom

  • Culture

    September 24, 1998
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    February 5, 1998
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    January 22, 1998
  • Culture

    January 22, 1998

    Who's the boss?

    Ross Perot Jr. owns the Dallas Mavericks, but--for better or worse--it's Don Nelson's team

  • Culture

    December 11, 1997

    Fire at will

    Getting Don Nelson to coach the Mavericks is good for basketball--and business

  • News

    October 23, 1997


    With Mavericks Coach Jim Cleamons and GM Don Nelson, life's a constant battle for position

  • News

    July 24, 1997
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