September 23, 1998 |
The Denver Nuggets, coming off one of the worst seasons in NBA history, named Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach yesterday. D'Antoni, who joined the Nuggets as director of player personnel last year after coaching in the Italian League for seven seasons, brought in a former 76ers head coach, John Lucas, as his top assistant. D'Antoni replaced Bill Hanzlik, who was fired after an 11-71 season. D'Antoni, 47, compiled a 144-68 coaching record with Benetton and Milan of the Italian League.