Don Nelson: Lenny Wilkens is my idol

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Ask Don Nelson a question about breaking Lenny Wilkens’ record for all time victories by an NBA coach, and he will shoot you a disgusted look. The man does not want to talk about it.

But Sunday night he did talk — a little — about his admiration for the man he is chasing in the record books.

“Lenny Wilkens, he’s been my idol ever since I’ve been coaching, and it’s quite an honor really, to be talked about in the same number that he has,” Nelson said after his team beat the Clippers Sunday. “So if I ever get the honor to bypass him why it will be quite an honor for me.”

Nelson, with 1,330 wins in his career, remains two short of tying and three short of passing Wilkens. The Warriors have just nine games left to do it this season. With the team up for sale, there are no promises about next year for Nelson.

Line of the night goes to Steve Perrin from Clips Nation: “(Nelson) has to feel pretty good about his chances when he looks and sees he gets to play the Clippers again.”

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.