Right now Don Nelson has the most wins of any coach in the history of the game (1,335). It is a breakable record however. George Karl is at 1078 wins and is only 61 years old. Phil Jackson has 1,155 and may be back on the sidelines soon. Larry Brown has 1,327 (including ABA).
Are any of these coaches, or any other coaches going to be able to surpass Nelson's record?
Nelson starting coaching at a very young age; 36. Most coaches don't get that early a start (Greg Pop got his first head coaching gig at 48). But his winning percentage isn't all that high .557 compared to Pop's .681 or Jackson's .704 or Riley's .636), so it is very concievable that another coach will eclipse him (doc Rivers got to start young, 38 years old, and already has 549 win under his belt, and he's only 51 and I expect him to be employed for some time to come yet).
I think Doc will eventually get the most wins. He started young and will likely have his choice of jobs when his contract is up, like Phil Jackson did after he won 6 rings with the Bulls. But it might take him more than ten years to get there.
Who do you think well end up with the most wins?
EDIT: Just out of curiousity, because we are speaking of coaches, does anybody know why K.C. Jones never really coached much after leaving Boston? And did you know that "K. C. Jones" is his full name?