24 GoodLifeFamilyMag.com NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018 The Nelsons are an extraordinary family, who have and continue to touch the world of basketball, but more importantly, it’s a family committed to each other and to the community they live in. As he’s traveled the world, Donnie is grateful for the different cultures he’s seen and experiences he’s had, but in the end he just loves coming back to Dallas, to the family and teams he loves. Christie shares, “We have been blessed to be in Dallas for over 20 years. Through good times and hard times our family has always been close and stuck together through it all.” Donnie just says, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” LESSONS DONNIE LEARNED FROM DAD DON: • Never forget where you came from • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – it’s the only way to get better • Don’t just follow the crowd • Don’t believe the naysayers • Follow your gut, and good things can happen • Don’t be afraid to be creative • Do what you love every day • Insights are valuable • And from his mom: Find the good and praise it LESSONS CHRISTIE LEARNED FROM DAD DONNIE: • Always put others before yourself • Whether you pass by an attendant in an arena or a CEO, always make people feel loved and respected • Relationships throughout your life and career are extremely important • Always stand up for what you believe in and do the right thing • 99% of the things you worry about either already happened or never will • 1 Corinthians 13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Having a big heart is a family trait for the Nelsons. They are all involved with community outreach programs through Texas Legends Care, making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of families in North Texas. L to R: Donnie Nelson, General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks, with Texas Legends G-League (affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks) family: Malcolm Farmer, President and General Manager, Christie Nelson Armstrong, Chief Marketing Officer, Blake Armstrong, Vice-President/ Assistant General Manager, Ashley Jackson, Brittany Payne, Vice President of Operations, and DJ Nelson, Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager. Dad and daughter, Donnie and Christie “Basketball has always had and always will have a very special place in my heart because it reminds me of family and the hard work all the men in my life have put forth … to create shoes I can only wish to come close to filling,” says Christie Nelson Armstrong shown here with DJ, Don, and Donnie.