Don Nelson Makes His Maui Rentals Available For Free To People Who Lost Homes In Wildfires

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Don Nelson is a coaching legend in the NBA. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Golden State Warriors from 1976 to 2010. Nelson is second on the all-time list of the NBA’s winningest coaches.

But ever since he retired in 2010, he more or less dissapeared from the scene. Nelson lives on his farm in Maui where he grows weed, hangs out with Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson, and lives off his rental vacation homes.

These homes have now been made available for free, as Nelson provides access to his Maui rentals to people who lost their houses in the awful wildfires.

Per San Francisco Chronicle:


“Former Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson has spent much of the past week on the phone, working to give his short-term Maui rentals to people who lost their houses in the nation’s deadliest wildfires in more than a century.

“We’re doing the best we can, but we only have space for about 24 people,” Nelson said in a phone interview Monday. “There are thousands of people homeless right now. It’s overwhelming.”

In 2011, shortly after settling in West Maui full-time following a Hall of Fame coaching career, Nelson started to invest in local real estate. What started as a side gig has blossomed into a thriving rental company. Desperate to help evacuees from the recent wildfires that devastated Lahaina and other nearby communities, Nelson, 83, has leased his properties for free to anyone in need.”


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