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DenButsu
07-19-2008, 08:11 AM
Nuggets give Augmon chance to coach

Stacey Augmon was too busy making a living as an NBA player to think about one day becoming a coach.

But the idea of being on the sidelines in a nice suit appeals to the former UNLV star now that his 15-year professional playing career is behind him.

The Denver Nuggets are giving Augmon a chance to see how the role fits him. He became Denver's player development coach in November and has been on the bench all week at the NBA Summer League helping the Nuggets' young players acclimate to the NBA.

"I never thought I'd want to coach while I was playing," said Augmon, a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 1991 (No. 9 overall). "I saw what players put coaches through, and I didn't think I wanted to go through that."

But Augmon wanted to stay in the game, and the Nuggets are giving him that chance.

"I'm really enjoying it," he said. "I especially like the strategy part of it, the X's and the O's. I find it fascinating."

Augmon said he'd love to be an NBA head coach but wouldn't mind college coaching, particularly at UNLV. He was long estranged from the Rebels' program.

"Maybe one day," he said with a smile. "I've been at peace with what happened here for a while. I just haven't gone public with it. But the program is doing well, and any way I can help them, I will."lvrj.com (http://www.lvrj.com/sports/25645009.html)



Nuggets' Moe will move from assistant to consultant

It’s a new title, but Doug Moe will be back for a 19th overall season with the Nuggets.

Moe, an assistant the past 3 ½ seasons, told the Rocky Mountain News on Thursday afternoon he will return to the Nuggets next season as a consultant. Moe previously had said it was likely he would return in that role, but wanted to meet first with Nuggets officials at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

“I’ll be there part time,’’ said Moe, who makes his home in San Antonio. “I’m looking forward to it. I’ll go to some road games and I won’t be at every home game.’’

Moe was Denver’s head coach from 1980 to '90 after having been assistant with the team in the ABA from 1974-76. He was a Nuggets consultant from 2002 until moving to the bench midway through the 2004-05 season.

Moe, 69, stepped down as an assistant when his contract expired June 30 due to wanting to spend more time with his grandchildren. But he is close with Nuggets coach George Karl, and one of his duties will be to continue to serve as a sounding board for Karl.

“It’s a great opportunity,’’ Moe said. “I’ll try to help George as much as I can ... I woke up this morning, so it’s a good day.’’rockymountainnews (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/17/Denver-nuggets-Doug-moe-NBA-coach-consultant/)



I really hope they bring in at least one new assistant coach this summer, and preferably a defensive specialist and/or one who brings a new take on how to run the offense. This squad is so badly in need of some fresh ideas and approaches.