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NBA legend Nelson gets degree from Iowa 50 years after leaving

 

Don Nelson (file photo)

NBA Hall of Fame basketball coach/player Don Nelson, now 72 years old, returned to the University of Iowa to receive his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, 50 years after leaving the Iowa City school for the NBA.

The Muskegon, Michigan native as a 6’6, 210-pound forward, played at Iowa from 1959-1962, and was drafted into the NBA in the 1962 draft by the Chicago Zephyrs, Round 3, 17th overall.

Nelson also played in the NBA for the Lakers, Milwaukee, Boston, Golden State twice, the Knicks and Dallas.

He was an NBA champion five times, NBA coach of the year three times, had his #19 jersey retired by the Boston Celtics.

Nelson scored 10,898 points in his career, with 5,192 rebounds and 1,526 assists.

 

Info compiled from Iowa, the NBA, Radio & TV news

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