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A surprise that comes as no surprise

Originally Published: March 19, 2005
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- No one really calls him Genius anymore. It has been years since anyone did.

He's still Nellie, though, and always will be. Quirky, dramatic, shrewd … all the way to the very end of his coaching career.

In a trademark Nellie surprise, coming with the Dallas Mavericks generally exceeding expectations at 42-22 in spite of their season-long injury hex, the second-winningest coach in league history basically fired himself Saturday morning. Nelson went to Mavericks owner ...

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