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Vandeweghe: Talks on coach's future halfway done

5/7/2004

DENVER -- Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe
wrapped up a fresh round of talks this week with Jeff Bzdelik about
his future as coach.

Vandeweghe said the talks are about halfway done and the two
will meet again Tuesday.

"We're trying to come up with the best game plan we can to get
to the next level," Vandeweghe said Thursday.

Behind rookie star Carmelo Anthony and veterans like Andre
Miller, Voshon Lenard and Marcus Camby, the Nuggets put together a
remarkable season.

Tied with Cleveland for the league's worst record at 17-65 a
year earlier, Denver finished 43-39 for the biggest turnaround for
a team that failed to reach 20 wins the year before. The Nuggets
made the playoffs for the first time in nine years and won their
first postseason game in a decade before losing in five games to
Minnesota.

Bzdelik has a $1.5 million contract for next season. Vandeweghe
has stopped short of ensuring Bzdelik will be the coach.

Vandeweghe said he will meet with team owner Stan Kroenke "in a
week or two" after meeting with Bzdelik and other team personnel.

All Bzdelik would say is they "talked about business for next
year."