Saturday , Mar , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs coach Nelson resigns

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson announced
his resignation Saturday and assistant Avery Johnson will take over on an
interim basis.

Nelson is stepping down for family and other reasons, but will remain
with the team as a consultant.

The 64-year-old Nelson posted a 339-251 record in eight seasons with Dallas.
He has coached in the NBA for 26-plus campaigns, posting a career mark
of 1,190-880. The product of Iowa is one of just three coaches in the history
of the league to accumulate 1,000 career victories.

“This is not a retirement. I am just moving forward into my role as a
consultant,” said Nelson in a release. “This was my decision and I think it
is the best decision for the team and for me. I have enjoyed every second of
my eight seasons with this organization and I believe this is the right time
for a change.”

Nelson owns 42 years of NBA experience as a player, coach and general manager.
He is the second winningest coach in NBA history, trailing only Lenny Wilkens.
Nelson has also coached Milwaukee, Golden State and New York.

Johnson, who becomes the eighth head coach of the franchise, has coached 13
games this season when Nelson was out for various reasons. He recorded a
9-4 record in those contests. Dallas is currently 42-22 and second in the
Southwest Division.