During his tenure, the Nuggets have made numerous transactions while maintaining a high level of success. Included are the acquisitions of fourtime All-Star Chauncey Billups and the up-andcoming J.R. Smith, as well as signing two-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony to a contract extension and re-signing NenÍ.
In 2008-09, the Nuggets claimed the Northwest Division title, tied a team record with 54 wins and made their third ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals. Denver has qualified for the postseason for six-straight seasons - joining Dallas, Detroit and San Antonio as the only NBA teams to have done so.
Before making the move to Denver, Warkentien spent the previous 14 seasons in the NBA working in various capacities in the front office. He spent the 2004-05 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers as Director of Player Personnel and served as interim General Manager. Prior to moving to Cleveland, he worked for 10 years with the Portland Trail Blazers. In í03-04, he served as Director of Player Personnel after spending the previous five seasons as Assistant General Manager. He spent his first season in Portland as a scout followed by three seasons as the teamís Director of Scouting. He began his NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics, aiding the team as a scout from 1991-94. Since arriving in the NBA, Warkentien has never experienced a losing season.
Prior to joining the Sonics, he worked for 11 years in basketball operations at the University of Nevada Ė Las Vegas, where he teamed with current Nuggets assistant coach Tim Grgurich. At UNLV, Warkentien served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator as well as assistant athletic director. He helped build UNLVís team that went on to win the NCAA Championship in 1990.
He began his coaching career at Riverside City College and at Saddleback College before taking the reins of the womenís program at UC-Riverside. Warkentien then returned to his alma mater, Cal-State Fullerton, as an assistant coach for two seasons and spent one year on the coaching staff at UC-Irvine before joining the staff at UNLV.
Warkentien, 55, is a 1976 graduate of Cal-State Fullerton and a native of Huntington, Ind. He and his wife, Maureen, have two daughters, Kreigh and Aubrie.