The nickname Nellie/Nelly must be synonymous with success. Don `Nellie' Nelson has had a storied and decorated NBA career as a player and a coach--the second winningest coach in NBA history. On the other hand Nelly is a superstar Rapper releasing 3 (4 if you count both records of the "Sweat/suit" album) records and a remix album--collectively selling close to 16x platinum all over the world (Country Grammar reportedly went 9x platinum alone).
Yet even with the obvious differences both have their lives iterjected with inventions that neither Coach or Artist has perfected. Nellie invented Smallball and the Point Forward while Nelly is been known to disrupt the tension that existed between the East and West Coast Hip Hop rivalry. This list is a short recap of my favourite Nellie/Nelly moments. This is by no means a comprehensive list of both Nellie and Nelly; feel free to share your favorite Nellie/Nelly moments!
NELLIE: The HITS (some of this best moves)
1989 Draft, selecting Tim Hardaway with the 14th pick.
Nelly equivalent: E.I.
Recently remebered for his gay bashing comments it's a shame these same critics forget just how effective a Guard Hardaway was In polls of greatest point guards ever or in recent memory, Tim Bug rarely gets mentioned despite being a former Dream Teamer and having the most popular (killer) cross-over in the past two decades. Much like E.I Hardaway was overshadowed by Mullin by Ritchmond while E.I was underrated compared to Country Grammar
1998 Draft, Selecting Michigan forward Robert Traylor with the No. 6 pick, later traded his rights to Milwaukee in exchange for the rights to the Bucks' two first-round picks, Germany's Dirk Nowitzki (No. 9) and Notre Dame's Pat Garrity (No. 19). THEN, promptly trading Garrity's draft rights to Phoenix -- along with Martin Muursepp, Bubba Wells and a 1999 first-round pick that would eventually become Shawn Marion -- for third-year guard Steve Nash. Nash and Marion were former Teamates
Nelly equivalent: "Hot in Herre" and "Girlfriend" N'Sync feat. Nelly
Horrible when you don't get the Pick and roll right
Often the most underated move of Nellie's regime both moves signify that this combo of draft day steals is like Nelly's club ready "Hot in Herrre" and his featured role on N'Sync's "Girlfriend" (remix), respectively. Nowitzki was like the "Hot in Herre" track from the outset you knew he would have a fabulous career Nash, on the other hand, was the pop sensation that was "Girlfriend." Nash's slow rise to stardom is similar to Nelly's surprise really.
Nelly's Equivalent: Air Force 1s
Talk about mentorship. Avery Johnson not only to be the general at Golden State under Nelson, but was also his apprentice in Dallas on the sidelines, taking them to the NBA finals and becoming coach of the year in his first full season as head coach. Nelly on the other hand is remembered for his Air force 1s track where much like Run DMC's My addidas is paying homage to the shoes
1992 Draft, selecting Latrell Sprewell with the 24th pick
Nelly Equivalent: Shake Ya Tailfeather
Every Draft historian remembers this one. How many Left handed Shooting Guards get taken with the 24th pick turn into All-NBA teamers? Some say that he's overrated and that his production dropped significantly after leaving Golden State but Nellie is a scouting genius. Nowadays, anything after the #9 pick is probably a bust. On the other hand "Shake ya Tailfeather was a monster hit changing the course of Rap music and was a big summer anthem. Like Nellie, Nelly makes something outta nothing.
Nelly Equivalent: Dilemma feat. Kelly Rowland
WTF. The breaking up of one of the most marketable "Big 3"s ever was as big a blunder as Nelly's attempt at crooning. Though Nelly is far from "hard" and took shots from hip-hop's forefathers for being `un-real', THIS track demonstrated how he deserved the criticsm from the legends. Nelson feels the same way about the Ritchmond deal.
Asking Webber to play center
Nelly Equivalent: Over and Over feat. Tim McGraw
Everyone knows Webber couldn't get along with Nellie and vice versa. For some reason, that break up seemed to curse the Warriors for the next dozen years. Webber was never a 5, but like a really agile 4... or a really robotic Magic Johnson. This duo worked about as good as Nelly's collabo with Tim McGraw, which looked like the second coming of "Dilemma" at best. Although the song was a success, this song has made several VH1 awesomely bad song/video countdown lists and surprises me to no end considering it's a industry parnaoid about marketing.
Nine-player deal, the Dallas Mavericks traded point guards Nick Van Exel and Avery Johnson, guard Antoine Rigedeau, forward Popeye Jones and centre Evan Eschmeyer to Golden State for guard Jiri Welsch and forwards Antawn Jamison, Chris Mills and Danny Fortson. (Antawn Jamison later became Stackhouse... a nice bench dude, at best).
Earlier in the decade, the Dallas Mavericks made another major trade Monday night, this one a nine-player deal that sent Jim Jackson and All-Star Chris Gatling to the New Jersey Nets for center Shawn Bradley.
Nelly Equivalent: St. Lunatics
These blockbuster deals have seemed more like the dollar theater in terms of returns. These huge posse cut trades have seemed as irrelevant as Nelly's clique from the `Lou'. Why is it that the front man's posse always has to be goofy or comic relief (ala D12)? Anyway pt. being, these dudes slated to be solid supporting players to their respective teams superstars have often become posterized or have disappeared completely from the NBA.
So next time you get these two names confussed. Remember both have had completely different and the exact same career path filled with excellent decisions and some puzzling ones.