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Colorful. Legend. Winner. All three accurately describe Doug Moe, the winningest coach in Denver Nuggets history, who returns for his third season on the bench as an assistant to George Karl.
After spending two-plus seasons as an assistant coach, Moe joined Karl - his former player - on the sidelines following the All-Star break in 2004-05. The Nuggets then won 25 of their next 29 games to earn the fifth-best post All-Star break mark in NBA history.
From 1980-90, Moe compiled a 432-357 (.548) record and led the Nuggets to the postseason nine-straight years - advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals in 1985. He guided the Nuggets to two Midwest Division titles (’84-85 and ’87-88) and a franchise-record 54 wins in 1987-88. He was named NBA Coach of the Year that same year. Under Moe’s direction, the Nuggets high-octane offense led the league in scoring in six of his 10 seasons in Denver.
Affectionately known as the “Big Stiff”, Moe began his career with the Nuggets in the ABA as an assistant coach to his collegiate and pro teammate, Larry Brown from 1974-76. During those two seasons, the Nuggets were 125-43 (.744). They advanced to the ABA Finals in 1976, but lost to the New York Nets in six games.
Moe has also served as a head coach for the San Antonio Spurs (1976-80) and Philadelphia 76ers (1992-93). In 1979, he led the Spurs to the conference finals. His overall NBA head coaching ledger stands at 628-529 (.543) and his wins are the 19th-most in NBA history.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native was a two-time All-American at the University of North Carolina. He garnered ABA All-Star honors three times in an injury-shortened five-year professional playing career.
Moe is married to the woman he fondly calls, “Big Jane”, and the couple has two sons, David and Doug Jr.