Bristow in Control With Nuggets

Associated Press

Allan Bristow, former Charlotte Hornet coach and Denver assistant, became the Nuggets’ vice president of basketball operations.

Bristow was an assistant coach for the Nuggets for six seasons in the 1980s. In a news conference, he said he wants to recapture the excitement of that time, when Denver reached the playoffs every year and won the Midwest Division twice.

“I don’t want to live in the past, but I want to link the past with the future,” said Bristow, who replaces Bernie Bickerstaff, hired as coach of the Washington Bullets on Monday.

Dick Motta, the Nuggets’ interim coach since November when Bickerstaff gave up the coaching job, will stay in that capacity for the time being, Bristow said.



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