Legendary NBA coach Don Nelson graduated from the University of Iowa today, 50 years after leaving the school to enter the NBA draft in 1962, according to the Associated Press.
Nelson, who played three seasons for the Hawkeyes between 1959 and '62, took correspondence classes to complete the eight credits he had left to graduate. He returned to Iowa City today and officially received his bachelor's degree in physical education at the school's commencement ceremony.
"I've been waiting for this moment for a long, long time," Nelson said. "I wish it would have happened 50 years ago, but it didn't. And I think that the moral to that story is it's never too late as long as you keep working and keep having dreams. They can come true." Nelson, who turns 72 on Wednesday, played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning five championships. He went on to have a long, productive career as a head coach, setting the NBA's all-time record for coaching wins with 1,335.