--The Nuggets will need to replace an assistant coach this offseason due to Stacey Augmon having left to become an assistant at Nevada-Las Vegas.
Augmon, who helped lead UNLV to the NCAA title in 1990, returns to his alma mater to serve under first-year coach Dave Rice. He called it a "very hard decision" to leave the Nuggets.
"It's a cool and unique situation," Augmon said. "I think if any other college would have called, it would have been 'no' off the bat."
Nuggets coach George Karl understands the choice Augmon made.
"You have opportunities and options that you have to make decisions on," Karl said.
--Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will be heading into his fourth season. He's got enough talent to one day become an All-Star.
But Gallinari knows there is work that needs to be done. He's committed to come back next season an even better player.
"I especially want to work on my body and try to get my body stronger in order to play all 82 games and be ready throughout the playoffs and regular season," Gallinari said.
Gallinari played in 62 games in 2010-11, averaging 15.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. After being traded from New York to Denver in February, he averaged 14.7 points and 5.4 points in 14 games. He missed 10 games due to injuries.
During the playoffs, Gallinari's average dropped to 12.0 points. He wants to become a more versatile player due to times his outside shot isn't falling.
"I want to work on my post game," Gallinari said.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We are very close to being as good or better than (Oklahoma City). We have to wait a long time before we can prove that. It's going to be a year before we even say that." -- Nuggets coach George Karl, who believes his team is better than it showed in a 4-1 first-round playoff loss to Oklahoma City.
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