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Don Nelson's impact felt far and wide

NBA's winningest coach forged Hall of Fame career by being an innovator

Updated: April 2, 2012, 9:32 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Now that Basketball Hall of Fame voters will grant entrance to the winningest coach in NBA history -- and maybe forevermore -- there is quite a good barstool debate to be had over Don Nelson's career.

No, it's not about whether he deserves a spot in the shrine after several snubs. His 1,335 career victories -- and a record that's 272 games above .500 -- achieved with four franchises over 31 seasons justifiably punched his ticket, with or without a ring.

And no, the debate is ...

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