Sports

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 Dallas coach is apparently ready to return to the grind of the NBA as the Golden State Warriors' coach. The crappy Warriors haven't been to the playoffs since 1994, when Nelson was their coach.

Nellie, 66, ought to be perfectly content. He's got a house in Maui. A new bar in Dallas. And he's flitting around with the rich and famous like George Clooney at the Oscars, Owen Wilson at King's X and Willie Nelson at the biodiesel ranch. But the truth is, Nellie loathed Cuban more than he loved basketball. --Richie Whitt

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Robert Wilonsky
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