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Picketer Urges Milwaukee Bucks Coach To Stay

May 13, 1987

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A man who wants Don Nelson to keep coaching the Milwaukee Bucks mounted a one-man picket outside the professional basketball team’s office, and won a visit from the coach himself.

″At least I’ve got one fan,″ Nelson quipped as he came out of the Bucks’ office Tuesday to meet Michael Ruminski, 27, of Two Rivers.

Ruminski, who walks with a cane because of a muscular problem, spent much of the day standing on the sidewalk. He held a makeshift sign reading, ″Nellie: please stay.″

Nelson has said his future as coach is in doubt because of differences with team owner Herb Kohl.

Ruminski said it would hurt all of Wisconsin, not just the Bucks, if Nelson decides not to return next season.

″Nellie is one of the good things we’ve got in the state,″ he said. ″I hope there’s a mass protest.″

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