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Hall of Fame basketball coach Wilkens to work with South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hall of Fame coach Lenny Wilkens has been recruited by South Korea to help prepare their team for this year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The 72-year-old was inducted into the Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach and set the record for the most coaching wins in the NBA with 1,332 victories.

Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors tied that record on Sunday.

“We reached a settlement with Wilkens in cooperation with the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA),” the committee that runs the South Korean team told the Yonhap news agency.

South Korea won gold on home soil at the 2002 Asian Games but finished fifth in Qatar four years ago. The 16th Asian Games take place in southern China from November 12-27.

Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Beijing; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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