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Friday, May 7, 2004
Vandeweghe: Talks on coach's future halfway done

Associated Press

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."