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Jackie MacMullan
May 08, 2000
Mavericks coach and general manager Don Nelson, carefully ministering to his bad back by applying liberal doses of Hawaiian sunshine, says it's "unlikely" he'll return as coach next season, even though new owner Mark Cuban now seems open to the idea. "I think I'm done," Nelson says. "Mark and I haven't even had a chance to talk about it yet." Cuban's interest in bringing Nellie back probably has something to do with the fact that the two coaches at the top of his shopping list—Scott Skiles and Dave Cowens—recently signed contracts with the Suns and the Warriors, respectively....
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May 08, 2000

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Mavericks coach and general manager Don Nelson, carefully ministering to his bad back by applying liberal doses of Hawaiian sunshine, says it's "unlikely" he'll return as coach next season, even though new owner Mark Cuban now seems open to the idea. "I think I'm done," Nelson says. "Mark and I haven't even had a chance to talk about it yet." Cuban's interest in bringing Nellie back probably has something to do with the fact that the two coaches at the top of his shopping list—Scott Skiles and Dave Cowens—recently signed contracts with the Suns and the Warriors, respectively....

One of Cowens's first personnel moves as Warriors coach was to shift Antawn Jamison from small forward back to power forward, his position at North Carolina....

League sources say there are two reasons why Pacers coach Larry Bird has not decided whether to take a front-office position with the team: He wants to stay focused on the playoffs, and he is part of a group that's trying to buy the Celtics....

Lakers coach Phil Jackson kept his championship rings in their boxes all season but broke out his 1998 Bulls model before Game 1 against the Kings (as did Los Angeles guard Ron Harper) as a bit of unspoken motivation for his team. Jackson, who was runner-up to Orlando's Doc Rivers in the Coach of the Year balloting by the national media, took time out from his jewelry modeling to chide the members of the voting press for ignoring Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Jackson said that for Sloan to have received only two votes was "ludicrous."

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