Dallas Mavericks during the final 24 games of the regular season.
Nelson gave Morrow his first NBA job when, as the coach of the Golden State Warriors, he signed the undrafted guard out of Georgia Tech. What happened next was something short of phenomenal, as Morrow wound up becoming the first and only rookie to ever lead the NBA in three-point shooting.
Nelson believes what Morrow did for him, he can also do for the Mavs.
“I hope they give him a chance to play because they’re going to love him,’’ Nelson said. “I just enjoyed him, he’s just a great kid.
“You’re just happy to see him every day. You walk in the gym and he’s always got a smile on his face. Coaching guys like him is the reason you coach -- the association with kids like him.’’
The Mavs traded Dahntay Jones to the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 21 for Morrow, who has played just four minutes in three games for Dallas and didn’t even dress for last Friday’s game in Brooklyn.
Morrow played his first two NBA seasons for Nelson. Then after Nelson retired in 2010, the Warriors traded Morrow to the New Jersey Nets, which was a move Nelson personally didn’t agree with.
“If I would have been there I never would have traded the guy,’’ Nelson said. “You can’t find shooters like that.
“He’s up there with (New York’s Steve) Novak. He can shoot it like those guys. He’s right up there with the best of them.’’
-- Dwain Price
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