Dallas Mavericks part ways with long-time president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson
The Dallas Mavericks said they broke up with Donnie Nelson, longtime president of the team's basketball division.
"I just want to thank Donnie for serving this organization for 24 years," said Mavericks Mark Cuban in a statement released by the team. “Donnie was instrumental in our success and helped bring a championship to Dallas. His hard work, creativity and vision made him a pioneer. Donnie will always be part of the Mavs family and I wish him all the best. "
Nelson, who was with the Mavericks for 24 seasons, ran a franchise that made it to the playoffs in 17 of the last 21 seasons. But despite Luka Doncic's rise to NBA star, the Mavericks lost two years in a row in the first round of the playoffs.
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A recent report by The Athletic described tension within the Mavericks organization over the presence of Haralabos Voulgaris, who was hired as the team's quantitative research and development director in October 2018. Cubans publicly denied the report that Doncic offended Voulgaris in detail and that he influenced how Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle handled his rotations
During his tenure, the Mavericks reached the playoffs 17 of the last 21 seasons, made three Western Conference finals, twice NBA finals, won three division titles (2007, 2010, 2021) and won their first World Championship championship in 2011 Nelson has joined the franchise, the Mavericks have won 58.0% (1,087 out of 1,873) of their games with three over 60 win seasons, including a franchise record season with 67 wins in 2007, which reached the sixth-best record in the NBA history.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mavericks part ways with longtime front office manager Donnie Nelson
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