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Denver Nuggets laud acting coach’s good work

ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer

DENVER – Nuggets executive Mark Warkentien jumped in front of the cameras and reporters at Denver’s practice and announced he had somebody he wanted to introduce: acting coach Adrian Dantley.

After spelling out his name in mock introduction, Warkentien said Dantley had done “a hell of a job in a (bear) of a situation,” for helping the Nuggets clinch their second straight Northwest Division crown.

Dantley went 11-8 in place of coach George Karl, who is recovering from a rigorous six-week treatment of chemotherapy and radiation for throat cancer and isn’t expected back on the bench anytime soon.



The Nuggets (53-29) clinched the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs at home Saturday night against the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz (53-29).


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