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Don Nelson says he's being inducted into Hall

Former Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson

Former Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson is shown during a halftime ceremony to retire the jersey number of Chris Mullin at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oakland, Calif. (March 19, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Apparently, Don Nelson couldn't wait to share the news.

According to ESPN, the longtime coach informed a reporter that he found out Wednesday that he will be a part of the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

"I've had a great time and a great life coaching basketball," Nelson told ESPN. "I don't actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am very proud and my family is very proud of this award.

Nelson coached for 31 years in the NBA, finishing his career with an NBA-record 1,335 wins. He was a three-time NBA Coach of the Year.

Nelson's teams won at least 50 games 13 times, including seven straight years with the Bucks from 1980-81 to 1986-87. However, he never won or appeared in an NBA championship series as a coach, and went just 75-91 in the playoffs.

He also played in the NBA for 14 years, averaging 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds, and won five championships with the Celtics.

The full class will be officially announced Monday.

The rest of the finalists:

Bill Fitch
Katrina McClain
Reggie Miller
Rick Pitino
All-American Red Heads
Maurice Cheeks
Bernard King
Dick Motta
Hank Nichols
Ralph Sampson
Jamaal Wilkes

You can read about each of the finalists by clicking here.

Tags: Don Nelson , Basketball Hall of Fame

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