Former Denver Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien died Friday at the age of 69, the team announced:
UNLV, where Warkentien coached in the 1980s, also paid tribute:
UNLV Men's Basketball @TheRunninRebels
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mark Warkentien earlier today.<br><br>Mark was a big part of the Runnin' Rebels' success under Coach Tarkanian. He was an assistant coach at UNLV from 1981-87. <a href="https://t.co/tEfqTxKK2w">pic.twitter.com/tEfqTxKK2w</a>
He worked under famed coach Jerry Tarkanian and was on staff as the squad reached the Final Four in 1987.
In the NBA, Warkentien worked his way up from a scout to eventually becoming GM of the Nuggets from 2006-10. The squad reached the playoffs in each of his four years at the helm, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2009.
He was named Executive of the Year that season after adding Chauncey Billups and Chris Andersen to a team that already had Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.
After leaving the Nuggets, Warkentien held front-office roles with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.