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Interim coach stresses defense on first day

Updated: December 30, 2004, 10:03 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Michael Cooper began his first day as head coach of the Denver Nuggets with a team meeting, giving each player a frank assessment of his role now that Cooper is running the show.

Then he took his players onto the practice court to work on defense.

If Day 1 is any indication, the Nuggets can expect a lot of unflinching honesty and demand for hard work -- especially on defense -- from their new coach.

They can also expect him to push them to be more than just ...

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