There is something so tragic to me about the Denver Nuggets and how their roster is constructed. It borders somewhere between crazy genius and just plain crazy.
They posses two of the most gifted offensive players in the game with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, they have a wealth of drug offenders (too many to list), and more tattoos per square inch of skin than any other team in the league.
To be quite honest, the Denver Nuggets are everything that is wrong with professional basketball: disrespectful, underdeveloped yet still potent offensive attack and a downright refusal to play even half assed defense. It comes as no surprise that Smush Parker was a part of this team until just about a week ago.
It was this attitude and style of basketball that earned the 50-win, eighth seeded Nuggets and unceremonious sweep out of the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the hand of our beloved and heralded Los Angeles Lakers.
Aside from the Nuggets giving their only true viable defensive weapon to the Clippers and the Lakers only becoming more efficient and hungry, not much has changed for either team.
This does not bode well for the Nuggets.
Not one bit.
It is going to be ugly. U-G-L-Y!
- Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Denver: Altitude 25 (Chris Marlowe & Scott Hastings)
- Lakers: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Clippers: KKCK 1510 AM (Jerry Schemmel)
Lakers: None to report…still geeking it out injury free! Only 80 more to go!!
Probable: Nenê (Sprained finger)
Out: Chucky Atkins (Knee Surgery)
Fantastic Fun Fact Freakout! –
58: This number represents the cumulative margin of victory experienced by the Lakers over their first two contests. After a 20-point win over Portland on opening night and a 38-point deconstruction of the Clippers the following night, will the blowout streak continue? With the Nugget defensive strategy being what it is (nonexistent) look for just ridiculousness… when I said that it would be ugly before, I was not kidding. If my prognostication skills are what I think they are, the outcome of this game might be uglier than a Luis Scola glamour shot.
‘Melo is Back: After serving his 2-game suspension for being pulled over on April 14, 2008 for driving under the influence. Anthony’s return may be the only thing that can save the Nuggets tonight.
$ock$: Yay! Andrew got his contract, which now means that the Lakers are officially 100% drama free! Bynum’s 4-year, $58 million deal ensures the young Center’s future with the team, it does not, however, eliminate the nickname Socks. Oh, you may be making it rain at Club Ivar, Andy, but you will NEVER be the A-Train. Viva la Socks!
Varsity Challenge –
(Prize: A D.J. Mbenga “golden nugget”)
Nuggets Forward/Center Chris Andersen missed how many dunk attempts during the 2004 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles?