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Merging Larry Brown with Don Nelson

Postby rlee » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:44 am

Merging Larry Brown with Don Nelson
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When the American Football League merged with the NFL in 1970, part of the agreement was that all AFL statistics would count in the NFL record book. It was a significant victory by the AFL, and a key concession by the NFL.

But when four teams from the American Basketball Association merged with the NBA in 1976, part of the agreement was that no ABA statistics would count in the NBA record book. It was a blow to the ABA’s history and its legacy.

And that has turned out to be bad for Larry Brown, current coach of the Charlotte Bobcats and a man with 1,087 NBA coaching victories, 246 behind the Warriors’ Don Nelson, who got his record-setting 1,333rd on Wednesday.

Brown’s pro coaching career includes four seasons in the ABA, from 1972-73 through 1975-76, when he compiled 229 wins. Adding his ABA and NBA coaching victories, Brown would have 1,316 wins, merely 17 behind Nelson.

Brown’s four seasons of coaching in the ABA consisted of two years with Carolina and two with Denver, and each was a stunningly successful season. With the Cougars, he had 57- and 47-win seasons. With the Nuggets, he had 65- and 60-win seasons.
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Postby Mike Goodman » Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:14 pm

Says here - http://www.basketball-reference.com/coa ... do01c.html
Nelson has 1334 coaching wins in regular seasons and another 75 in playoffs.
Larry Brown has 1318 RS + 120 PO.
Totals: Brown 1438, Nelson 1409.

8.3% of Brown's victories have been in playoffs. For Nellie, 5.3% .
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what if...

Postby luckyshow » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:14 pm

What exactly would have happened if the ABA did not agree to the merger conditions back then> If the merger had not occurred? Who would have suffered?
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Postby Mike Goodman » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:07 pm

The suffering would have been unimaginable. Right up there with the grief of changing your clock back every Spring and Fall.

As of 1976, Dave DeBusschere ranked #13 in (regular season) NBA rebounds, with 9618. Imagine his trauma if he were demoted to #14, behind Zelmo Beaty (9665).

Bailey Howell, Wes Unseld, Johnny Green, LeRoy Ellis, Kareem, Reed, Foust, Hairston, Oscar, Clyde Lee, Embry, Chet Walker, Gus Johnson, Havlicek, and Cowens would drop 2 spots, behind Beaty and Mel Daniels

Bob Boozer would lose 3 spaces, behind also Artis Gilmore.

It goes on and on. The carnage is excruciating.

And how could alltime #22-32 NBA scorers Hudson, Hagan, Guerin, Russell, Dick and Tom van A, Thurmond, DeBusschere, and Lucas possibly cope with the fact that Zelmo had outscored them?

Louie Dampier had outscored Love, Frazier, Monroe, Mullins and Boozer.
Issel had more points than Sharman and Kerr; and etc.

Oh, the humanity.
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