Don Nelson never knew just how much he would love retirement.
In the Maui plantation town of Paia, he is far from the pressures of the fast-paced NBA lifestyle in which he thrived to become the game's all-time winningest coach.
These days, he's Nellie, the entrepreneur. From his new shaved ice stand, to coffee plants and koa trees, to all his rental properties and a wedding venue in the works right off the beach, the 72-year-old Nelson is about as far removed from his old basketball life as he could be.
Except for the fact he is finally a Hall of Famer, to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass.
After years being left off the list, Nelson was surprised it happened.
Nelson was born in Muskegon but was raised in Rock Island, Illinois.
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