Former Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Don Nelson was announced as a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame today. The announcement split among five people directly elected into the Hall of Fame and twelve others slated as finalists. The five directly elected were:
Mel Daniels (ABA Committee)
Chet Walker (Veterans Committee)
Phil Knight (Contributor Direct Election Committee)
Lidia Alexeeva (International Committee)
Don Barksdale (Early African-American Pioneers Committee)
Don Nelson is one of twelve finalists whose potential inclusion would be finalized at the Final Four in April. The other 11 include:
As the winningest head coach in NBA history, Nelson’s placement in the Hall would seem to be a no-brainer, but he has been a finalist in the past without getting induction. From a Milwaukee perspective the candidate getting snubbed in the worst way is clearly Sidney Moncrief. My sentiments for his inclusion may be found here.