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Nuggets Legend Doug Moe Moves to Bench as Assistant

DENVER, February 23 -- Doug Moe, the winningest coach in Denver Nuggets history, will move to the bench as an assistant to Head Coach George Karl effective immediately, General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe announced today.

“Doug’s wisdom, experience and knowledge of the game of basketball is an invaluable asset,” said Vandeweghe. “We are elated to have a resource like Doug on the bench.”

Moe, who coached the Nuggets to a 432-357 (.548) record from 1980-90, has served as a coaching consultant since rejoining the team in 2002. As head coach, Moe led the Nuggets to the postseason nine-straight years, advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals in 1985. He also guided the team to Midwest Division titles in ’84-85 and ’87-88. In ’87-88, he was named NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Nuggets to a franchise-record 54 wins. Under Moe’s direction, the Nuggets led the NBA in scoring in six of his 10 seasons.

Moe also served as head coach for the San Antonio Spurs (1976-80) and Philadelphia 76ers (1992-93) and his 628 career wins rank 18th in NBA history. He began his career with the Nuggets as an assistant coach to Larry Brown from ’74-76.

Michael Cooper will be reassigned within the organization. Cooper joined the Nuggets as an assistant coach prior to this season and served as interim head coach for 14 games from Dec. 28 to Jan. 26.

Jarinn Akana will be assigned scouting duties in addition to his role as developmental coach.