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Finally, a new Nuggets head coach

August 22nd, 2002 by aswitzer

It seemed to take forever, and be long, long overdue, but Kiki and the new Nuggets finally named their new head coach for the upcoming 2002-2003 Nuggets season yesterday.

Meet the New Nuggets coachThe main man is Jeff Bzdelik, adding to the list of names that are fun to try and spell and pronouce. Jeff, who was the Nuggets East Coast scout last season. More recently, he used an up-tempo style to direct the Nuggets squad in the Mountain Revue summer league in Salt Lake City to 6-0 record with an average margin of victory of over 15 points a game.

Jeff also has been an assistant coach in the league for 12 years, most recently spending 6 years with the Miami Heat under Pat Riley. Jeff is 49 years old, and although not well known, he was recognized by USA Today as one of the NBA’s top five assistant coaches in 2000.

Jeff said he promises to field a high energy, defense oriented squad that will be the best conditioned team in the league. “We’re going to utilize the altitude here, we’re going to defend, we’re going to give great effort at all times,” Bzdelik said. “We’re going to get the ball off the glass and we’re going to run.” So, far John MacLeod was named to the staff as an associate head coach, and ex-Nuggets coach from the 80’s – Doug Moe was named as a consultant.

Jeff recently had become the forerunner after Donn Nelson of Dallas, Eddie Jordan of New Jersey, Phil Johnson of Utah, and Del Harris of Dallas had all withdrawn their names from consideration, one by one.

Other new Nuggets coaches have claimed they will use an up-tempo game and take advantage of the altitude in the past, but most have not pulled it off. It will be interesting to see if Jeff can follow thru on his claim and the new young Nuggets will follow thru on his plan.

What do you think about the new head coach, Nuggets fans?

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2 Responses to “Finally, a new Nuggets head coach”

  1. Wavatar dan Says:

    i hope this coach doesn’t treat the players like middle school players – but rather lets them maximize their creative styles and blends those into a team.

  2. Wavatar aswitzer Says:

    Me too. He sounds like a no-nonsense kind of going (6 years under Reilly would probably do that) but he’s young enough (49) that I think he can relate to the players and motivate them.

    I think it really comes down to whether or not they respect him, and listen to him.

    If he/the Nuggets get off to a decent start, I think he’ll earn their respect just because everyone is tired of losing!

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