Denver Nuggets A to Z: Glen Gondrezick

Boulder native spent four seasons playing close to home
by Aaron Lopez

Every team needs a glue guy. Doug Moe’s high-scoring squads of the 1980s were no different.

Glen Gondrezick fit the glue-guy descriptions to a G.

As part of a month-long tribute to the most notable players in franchise history, we are taking a look at the Denver Nuggets from A to Z.

Two decades before Chauncey Billups made his first Denver homecoming, Gondrezick returned to his roots by signing with the Nuggets as a free agent in 1979. Gondrezick was a star athlete at the Boulder High School before attending college at UNLV.

Drafted by the New York Knicks in 1977, Gondrezick played two seasons before joining the Nuggets. Known for his willingness to draw charges and dive for loose balls, he was a reliable reserve when Moe took over as Denver’s coach in 1980.

Gondrezick, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds - both career-bests – while playing more than 21 minutes per game during the 1981–82 season. His spent one more season in Denver before continuing his career in Europe.

After retiring from basketball, Gondrezick worked in real estate and later returned to UNLV as a radio and television announcer for the Runnin’ Rebels. He spent 17 years in that role before he died in 2009 from complications of a heart transplant.

UNLV retired Gondrezick’s No. 25 during a ceremony at the Thomas & Mack Center in 1997. He averaged 11.4 points and 7.2 points in his four seasons at UNLV and helped the Rebels advance to the NCAA Final Four as a senior in 1977.

Game to remember, Feb. 27, 1982

Playing alongside Alex English, Dan Issel, David Thompson and Kiki Vandeweghe, Gondrezick scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Nuggets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 134-125 at McNichols Arena. Gondrezick was among eight Nuggets who scored at least 10 points that night.