Nuggets Retire 432 in Honor of Moe
DENVER, Nov. 7, 2002 -- The Denver Nuggets honored legendary coach Doug Moe at halftime of their game with the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 7 in front of a national television audience. Moe, the winningest coach in Nuggets history, had a banner with the number 432 – his regular season victory total in Denver - raised to the rafters.
“This is long overdue for Doug,” said Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe. “He has meant so much to the Denver community and it is truly an honor to say that I played for him.”
Moe coached the Nuggets from 1980-90 and compiled a 432-357 (.548) record. He 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 NBA in scoring in six of his 10 seasons in Denver. Three of his players, David Thompson, Alex English and Dan Issel, were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.