“Hopefully, this will be the last tuxedo I’ll be wearing.
“There is life after basketball. Come out and have a cup of coffee with me in Maui.”
—Don Nelson, the legendary Celtics player and the winningest coach NBA history, during his induction into the Hall of Fame speech Friday.
After Nelson chased after the Minnesota Timberwolves job in 2011 (Rick Adelman won out) it was thought he might try to return to coaching. But if he has made one thing clear during the run-up to his enshrinement, it is that he is done.
Because if your life is running a shave ice stand, drinking scotch while watching the sunset in Maui and playing poker with your buddies, well, who needs the NBA?