Finally, an heir apparent from Nellie’s staff of some 16,000 assistant coaches. From the Associated Press :

Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson will step aside for Tuesday night’s game against San Antonio and let his top assistant Avery Johnson (above) run the team.

Nelson will still be on the bench against the Spurs, but will leave it to Johnson to make decisions.

“I’ll give him my opinion and he’ll have to make the call,” Nelson said. “Just like when he gives me his opinion, I reject some of them, he can reject mine.”