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Defense-minded coach singles out 'Melo

Updated: December 28, 2004, 8:17 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Not surprisingly, new Nuggets coach Michael Cooper will emphasize defense.

One of the best defenders ever to play in the NBA took over for fired Jeff Bzdelik on Tuesday and said everything Denver does -- running, scoring, winning -- has to come from playing better defense.

"Defense, to me, wins championships. Offense wins games," Cooper said, sounding a theme he repeated often during his introductory news conference.

The Nuggets allow 97.42 points per game, ...

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