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Brian Shaw, The Aftermath of Game 7, Other Stuff

Welcome to the 15th edition of Tuesdays with Mitch. We’re turning a corner in the sports calendar. Basketball is done. Hockey is done. Football hasn’t started. We have just entered the dog days of summer when baseball is the only thing going on. Almost…

Brian Shaw is the new head coach of the Denver Nuggets. (USATSI)

The Nuggets hired Brian Shaw as their new head coach to replace George Karl. I don’t have a whole lot of insight on Shaw, but I think it has to be considered a success for the Nuggets. Shaw was one of the hot names in coaching circles this offseason and the Nuggets got the guy who was probably their first choice to take over. Shaw has won five championships in his career, three as a player, two as an assistant. That alone is a pretty impressive resume. It will be interesting to see how much the playing style differs from the fast-paced days of George Karl.

There’s always great optimism when hiring a new coach, but after Karl’s surprise firing and Masai Ujuri leaving, all the sudden the Nuggets have a rookie GM and a rookie head coach leading one of the youngest teams in the NBA. That doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence. Again though, I think it is wise to make a change, simply because the only thing the Nuggets risk giving up is boring first-round playoff exits.

This piece from ESPN on Shaw’s remarkable journey is worth your time.

The rough road trip for the Rockies that I said had the makings of a season-changing disaster started with them going 0-5. (Sometimes it’s almost like I know what I’m talking about.) They won the next two and there are two in Boston remaining, tonight and tomorrow. They can finish the trip at 2-7 or 3-6 or 4-5. At this point I’m hoping for a split in Boston, and coming home at .500 to regroup.

Since nobody watches hockey anymore, here’s all you need to see from the absolutely incredible Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, wrapped up in a neat three minutes.

Two goals in 17 seconds on the road in a clinching game of the Finals? That’s about the craziest damn thing I’ve ever heard.

The middle of overtime in a Stanley Cup Finals game is not the best time to cut to cheap local commercials.

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I was cruising around Twitter after the Heat beat the Spurs in Game 7 on Thursday and found some pretty legit pictures and gifs and videos.

Here’s ESPN’s ninjas getting real creepy behind the scenes.

Bill Simmons is one of the few ESPN employees who can get away with badmouthing the network for which he works because he’s one of the top dogs. And juuuuuust as he was about to bring up the debacle that LeBron and ESPN took a lot of justifiable heat for (see what I did there?), the cameras went black. Hard to believe that was a coincidence.

Excellent and gutwrenching picture of a sad Tim Duncan

Sad Tim

I found this on Twitter from @corkgaines. Getty Images.

Dwayne Wade looks pretty drunk:

Happy and drunk Wade

Or maybe he’s just happy. via SB Nation.

Here’s rap superstar Drake being told he can’t enter the Heat locker room.

Whoever’s holding the camera is sure a douche.

Check out Birdman’s unreal shades:

Found this on Twitter @corkgaines.

Classic freaking birdman right there.

Dan LeBetard had an epic, 10 minute rant after Game 7. Kind of strange for a “columnist” to be such a homer. Stranger still, for anyone to play the “disrespect” card when referring to the Heat. Still pretty funny though.


And my favorite one
of all is Chris Bosh struggling with the postgame celebration as much as struggled with the actual game.

found on Twitter @sportsvines

In other news, I follow the Iron Shiek on Twitter along with 305,000 other people. It’s fascinating. The former pro wrestler sends out incredibly vulgar, mostly nonsensical tweets about anything happening in pop culture or sports. He doesn’t like Hulk Hogan. He likes the cold beer. He calls people Bubba (which I have since stolen). Once you learn to speak his language, it’s usually pretty hilarious.

There has always been kind of a mysterious vibe to the whole thing though. Is this really him? There were pictures that made it clear the Iron Shiek was actually around. I always wondered if he was actually sending these tweets or they were coming from brilliant handlers who created a strange Twitter character. An insightful article came out Sunday that (kind of) helps answer some of these questions. Pretty interesting stuff. It’s all being done to help raise funds to create a documentary on the guy.

Here’s some good sportsish long reads from the past week:

Really interesting profile on Serena Williams from Rolling Stone.

An oral history of the 2003 NBA Draft is insightful stuff from ESPN.

Here’s a video of a guy making fun of the government and screwing with people:

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And finally, I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this video, but it’s just captivating. I mean, I can’t look away.

There is so much going on. Kids ripping off their shirts and sticking out their tongues. Admit it, you were hoping they brawled. Twenty bucks says each one of those kids grows up to a lunatic.

Happy Tuesday everybody, see ya next week.

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The Nuggets’ NBA Finals Hopes Were Ripped Apart Along With Gallinari’s ACL

It’s starting to look like the Nuggets are going to lock up the 3-seed in the West. That’s good. Ty Lawson should be back for the playoffs, but might not be at 100 percent. That’s also good. Danilo Gallinari’s ACL appears to be in several pieces. That’s really, really bad. This GIF is gross, but I didn’t show Kevin Ware’s last week, so I’m going for it. Sorry if you’re squeamish.

Ouch. (via SB Nation)

So where do the Nuggets go from here? They should still lock up the 3-seed and will have home court in the first round against probably Golden State or Houston. They went 4-0 against Houston this season, including a 132-114 blowout on Saturday without Lawson or Gallinari. The Nuggets went 3-1 vs Golden State. The one loss came 106-105 in Oakland when Andre Iguodala’s last second three was determined to be after the buzzer.

If Lawson is able to play, the Nuggets should win a first round series, which is progress, but a lesser aspiration than what fans had in mind a couple weeks ago. Wilson Chandler should be able to step in and fill Gallo’s role in the starting lineup adequately. Chandler was even getting more minutes than Danilo for a multiple-game stretch a few weeks ago. Thing is, when Ill-Will starts, there’s nobody to step in and fill his role off the bench.

I considered the Nuggets a threat to make the NBA Finals because they legitimately have 9 different guys who can beat you on a given night. Their depth is what made them dangerous. Without the versatile offensive threat of Gallinari in their half court offense, that depth is diminished remarkably. This is particularly true in the playoffs, when fast-break points are harder to come by and the Nuggets will be forced to rely on running a half court offense. Gallinari’s slashing dunks and quick-release threes will be missed sorely against San Antonio in the second round.

The entire NBA looked at the Nuggets as an interesting experiment because they don’t have a superstar and play at such a high-octane pace. Many, including me, considered them a serious contender to come out of the Western Conference.

That standpoint was torn in half at the same time as Gallinari’s ACL.

SPORTS STUFF FROM AROUND THE WEB

The NCAA National Championship didn’t disappoint. I can’t remember watching a better college basketball game. It was back and forth. Surprise stars came out of nowhere, then faded (Raise your hand if you had heard of Spike Albrecht before last night).  Huge dunks and alley-oops. The whole game was just played at a really high level. I’ve always thought “It’s a shame one team had to lose this game” is a corny expression, but that really applied to this one.

Rick Pitino thinking he was getting capped as fireworks went off in the Georgia Dome kind of stole the post game show last night.

Found this on Twitter via @worldofisaac

Until, of course One Shining Moment played on CBS (after midnight on the East Coast). Nothing even comes close to perfectly wrapping up a great season like this song.

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No CSU Rams snuck in there for the second year in a row. Kind of lame. Really, there’s no Mountain West in there at all. No CU either.

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of a cinematic masterpiece. The Sandlot is a staple of my generation and easily one of my favorite movies ever. If you’ve ever played baseball with your friends or just lived for the summer as a kid, it’s probably one of your favorites too. Bleacher Report had a fun breakdown. Here’s my favorite scene from the classic about nostalgia, summer, camaraderie among young boys, America, the good ol’ days and, of course, baseball:

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Squints grabbing the back of Wendy’s head right when “This Magic Moment” starts playing is one of the great moments is movie history. Then the narration ending with, “But everyday after that the lifeguard looked down from her tower, right over at Squints… and smiled.” That’s some darn good stuff.

Here’s a long, in-depth piece from ESPN The Magazine inside the collapse of the Auburn football and the huge role synthetic marijuana played. “For lack of a better term, they were out of their minds.” Stuff sounds terrifying. Really good investigative journalism.

This screencap from Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) is gold.

So is the reaction of this kid sitting behind home plate. I could watch this GIF 1000 times in a row.

The Denver Post had a good breakdown of the decline of the Avalanche on Sunday. Pretty crazy how far they’ve fallen.

This is a called third strike to end a one-run MLB game.

Found this on Twitter via @ycpb and @citizenmeyers .

Neither the batter, pitcher nor catcher appear to have initially thought that was a strike. Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy.

And finally, allow me to rain on your parade when it comes to the Rockies. They jumped out to a 5-2 start and their starting pitching looks really good, with six quality starts in seven games. Their lineup will be a beast all year. Opening weekend at Coors Field was great. I’ll just remind you that there’s 155 games left. In 2011 they started 11-2, then went 62-87. I’ll stand by last week’s prediction.

What to Watch For in the Rockies’ 2013; Lawson Injury is Huge; Other Stuff

My official prediction for the Rockies’ 2013 season: 75-87.

I’m slightly more optimistic than most, which is really saying something since I’m picking them to finish 12 games under .500.

The single reason for all the pessimism and negativity and complete lack of excitement about this team is the starting rotation. Anybody with a clue knows the rotation stinks. Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio, Jeff Francis and John Garland. Seriously. Those are the five starting pitchers on a Major League Baseball team. In 2013. (Deliberate sentence fragments for dramatic effect).

Jorge De La Rosa

If Jorge De La Rosa can regain flashes of his old self that would really help the Rockies because, you know… They don’t have any good pitchers.

I suppose I’m a little more bullish than most because I can’t imagine the rotation is as bad as last year, even if it consists of the guys mentioned above. Last year the rotation was historically bad. It was a laughing stock. It was legitimately one of the worst performances by a starting staff in the history of baseball. If nothing else, regression to the mean suggests they’ll improve at least a little bit.

The key is Jorge De La Rosa. A few years back he had the makings of a legitimate number-2 starter and borderline ace. Then his arm exploded and he had Tommy John surgery. If he can his regain his control and throw in low-to-mid 90s (rare from the left side) and win 13-16 games, that would change the dynamic of the rotation and bullpen dramatically.

Aside from the rotation, here are some things worth keeping an eye on:

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST could be the best division in baseball this year, which doesn’t bode well for the Rox. The Giants are trying to establish a dynasty. The Dodgers are spending more money than any team ever. The Diamondbacks should be battling for positioning with those two. Even the Padres have a bunch of decent pitchers in a pitchers’ park and a fringe MVP candidate in Chase Headley (who’s a Fountain-Fort Carson grad). And the Rockies… don’t have any pitchers. Is it too late to change my prediction?

DEXTER FOWLER could be an all-star.

TODD HELTON IS 80 hits shy of 2,500. He’ll get there if he stays remotely healthy. That would be a significant milestone in his Hall of Fame case.

Here’s hoping 2013 sends the Toddfather (and hands-down my all time favorite athlete/childhood hero) out in style. Nothing in sports would make me happier than watching Helton belt opposite field doulbes off the wall and turn on down-and-in fastballs and slap bloop singles after flicking away six 2-strike pitches and charge bunts like a mad man and scoop up bad throws like a ballerina with a glove all summer long. (Run-on sentence for dramatic effect).

TROY TULOWITZKI’S HEALTH. If he misses long stretches again this year, that’s just who he is. Then we start talking about “glimpsing greatness” and “what could have been” and making stretch comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr. and Kerry Wood. (I know, I know. That’s why I said stretch comparison.)

HOW LONG NOLAN ARENADO AND DREW POMERANZ  are playing in Colorado Springs. It would bode well for the Rockies if they both headed up I-25 and contributed sooner than later.

CAN WILIN ROSARIO catch the damn ball?

WHO EMERGERS AMONG all the role players. Jordan Pacheco hit .309 as a rookie last year but Chris Nelson is starting at third base. What about Arenado? DJ LeMahieu could be a decent player. Josh Rutledge came out guns blazing last year, then faded. So did Tyler Colvin, who is starting the year in AAA. Jon Herrara has had his moments. Why is Reid Brignac on the roster? Can EYJ ever be an everyday player? Can Dan O’Dowd trade all of these guys for a starting pitcher?

ATTENDANCE. Will the fans continue to support a bad baseball team? Attendance has not suffered much the past couple of years, despite the team’s failures. If Coors Field continues to host 30,000 or more each game, it’s hard to see the Monforts changing their business plan.

OTHER STUFF FROM THE SPORTS WORLD AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB

The Nuggets championship run may have been completely derailed when it was announced that Ty Lawson had a complete tear of his plantar fascia. Lots of confusion around this one. Ty said he was at about 60 percent when he played (and aggravated his injury) against San Antonio. Nobody can seem to figure out why in the hell he played in a game the Nuggets didn’t really have to have. Also a little weird that he figured out what the injury was nine days after he injured it. Also a little weird that he is listed as “day to day” when this injury usually takes several weeks to heal.

The bottom line is, regardless of seed, the Nuggets won’t be going to the NBA finals without Ty Lawson and his incredible speed and his incredible burst flying around at 100 percent. With Manu Ginobli’s injury announced on Monday, it seems like the road is being paved for another Heat-Thunder finals. I honestly had no idea David Stern had the power control which players get injured.

Not all that surprised though.

Just look at the reaction of these people.

@worldofisaac / guysim.com

Of course, if you haven’t been living in a cave since Sunday, you know those people recoiling in horror just saw Kevin Ware’s leg do several things a leg is not supposed to do. If you haven’t seen it and want to, you can find it on YouTube. For me, the most interesting aspect of Ware’s injury is the way the media handled it. Should we show it? Should we link it? The reaction of people on social media was naturally way over the top, acting like we had just seen live video of someone entering a woodchipper in Fargo and anyone who references or shows or links to it is a crazy animal.

Don’t get me wrong it was gross. I squinted, pushed away from my laptop, made a face like I smelled rotten milk, covered my mouth with the back of my hand and said something along the lines of, “Hohhhewwwwughh.” But we didn’t watch anybody die. I have no problem with news outlets linking or showing the video with a little warning. Hell, Daniel Tosh makes a living out of showing crap like this with no warning whatsoever.

Also, the whole incident provided one of the sports images of the year.

This made it’s way around Twitter Sunday. I’d prefer it without the hashtag, but what a great shot.

Trey Burke will probably win the national Player of the Year award and on Saturday night he hit the biggest, most unreal shot of the tournament.

Onions.

Are these the best commercials ever? Seriously, everybody just loves these. I’m an avid commercial muter, but if I’m in the room with someone and one of these comes on, demands of, “Unmute it!” are flung in my direction. One would have to imagine they’re scripted, but the kids are just goofy and sincere enough and “that guy” is just enough of a dick to really make it seem like they’re not.  There’s like 15 of different ones, but I suppose this one is my favorite. (Just ahead of “Hold on I’m watching this” and “Sand full of sugar” and “Tape a cheetah to her back“.)

Naturally they went and ruined the concept by making these horribly acted, horribly scripted spots with basketball legends.

This is what happens when you combine “Peter” and “join us.”

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Ocean’s 11 was based on the thievery of masterminds like this:

Or maybe not.

A couple links that are about sports, but aren’t really about sports:

This moving story about overcoming adversity.

This long feature about douchey NBA players competing in the world of high-end fashion.

And finally, my prediction for the rest of the NCAA tournament: Give me Louisville over Michigan Monday night in a game that isn’t particularly close. All that talk about having “no elite team” in college basketball is way off base. Nobody is beating the Cards.

Happy Tuesday everybody.

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CSU Seniors Are A Special Group

V. Haro. Fort Collins Coloradoan

Colorado State’s classy group of five seniors will be missed by Ram fans. V. Haro. Fort Collins Coloradoan

One of the things I’ll remember most about the group of Colorado State seniors whose careers all ended Saturday was they way the carried themselves on the court.

When I watched Greg Smith and Wes Eikmeier and Colton Iverson and Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung, I got the feeling they were all there to win a basketball game. Nothing more. They were passionate and they would get jacked up in big moments, but it was always about the team. Never about themselves. Never talking crap. Never showing up an opponent. Never playing to the crowd.

Personal celebrations are rampant in college basketball and I’m not here to say any of that is wrong or foolish. It’s a fun part of the game. But it was really refreshing to watch a group of kids that just didn’t care about any of that. I’m sure much of the credit for this mentality should go to Tim Miles and Larry Eustachy, but it’s rare for college kids to conduct themselves with so much class at all times.

How many times can you remember one of these seniors doing the single three goggle, double three goggles, down-low-three-thing, six-shooter-pistol-thing, jersey popping, or chest pounding? None. I suppose I could be wrong but I can’t remember one of these guys doing something like that one time over the course of four (or three for Eikmeier, one for Iverson) years. That’s incredible to think about.

Instead we saw a lot of this stuff:

CSU celebrates as a team.AP Photo/Coloradoan, Dawn Madura

CSU parties on the court– as a team– after a win.
AP Photo/Coloradoan, Dawn Madura

Always about the team.

The ending was unceremonious and it didn’t feel right. Last week’s post pointed out that they earned a better fate than what they were stuck with.

Without getting on my soapbox again, I’ll simply say it was a shame to watch the kids that turned a program around go out in that manner. They deserved better. They could have played Florida Gulf Coast in the second round. Or Gonzaga. Or anybody else. You have to feel that any draw other than Louisville in Kentucky and things wouldn’t have been so upsetting and disappointing.

I’m not saying they were bound to win a national championship, but it’s no stretch to see them as a Sweet 16 team if the committee was a little more kind reasonable. They deserved better. I’ll get off my soap box now.

An interesting thought regarding this team:  Does it make sense to retire any numbers? I think there’s one guy you can make this argument for and that’s #22. Dorian Green has played in more CSU basketball games than anyone. Ever. He took over a team that had gone 4-12 in conference play the year before he arrived. They improved each of his four years. He led the program to back-to-back tournament appearances for the first time in 13 years. This year’s team won the most games in program history and is generally considered the best Colorado State team ever. Green scored 26 points in the program’s first NCAA tournament win in 24 years.

Those are some serious accomplishments.

The thing is, he was never really a superstar. Nobody on this team was. They were five very good players who played very well together. You can’t retire all five numbers. Or can you? No you can’t. Or do you just retire Smith’s 44 and Hornung’s 4 and Green’s 22 because they played all four years? No, that’s too excessive.

Colorado State has only retired five numbers in the history of their athletic department and they’re generally reserved for All-Americans. Only one of those honored is a men’s basketball player, Bill Green (no relation, but a very coincidental last name), in the early 1960s.

With that in mind it seems unlikely Dorian Green’s number will hang in the rafters at Moby, but his career certainly warrants a discussion on the matter. What do you all think?

I guess at some point we have to think about next year. For a team losing all five of it’s starters, the cupboard isn’t as bare as it might initially seem. The core will be sixth-year senior Jesse Carr, 4th-year junior Dwight Smith, 4th-year junior and current Mountain West sixth-man of the year Daniel Bajerano, junior Jon Octeus and senior Gerson Santo.

Three pretty solid recruits are coming in, but at this point it’s tough to predict how much playing time any of them will receive.

A drop-off is expected. At this point (and it is really early for all this talk) I see CSU as a middle of the pack Mountain West team that lands on the wrong side of the bubble.

Anyway, this year’s group deserves to be celebrated and will not be soon forgotten. They turned the program around. They laid the foundation. They were all close friends. They hang out together. They are mature off the court. They were mature on the court. And they were good.

We may never see a group like them again.

OTHER STUFF FROM THE TOURNAMENT’S OPENING WEEKEND

This category is pretty much dominated by Florida Gulf Coast University. This dunk from Friday is the moment of the tourney.

What we have here is a kid on a 15-seed lobbing it about 3 feet above the rim in a crucial moment. Then some white dude who probably didn’t really get recruited by anyone throws it down like JaVale McGee. Just an incredible moment.

That happened on Friday. By Saturday morning, they had they’re own music video popping around social media. Usually this stuff is pretty poor, but “Dunk City” has some serious production value:

They won again to make history on Sunday, which produced my favorite gif since Marshall Henderson trolling the Auburn kids. Equipment manager going hard:

FGCU Equipment Manager

What a thug. I love the mini-chicken dance halfway through. It’s also important to notice how goofy his buddy #15 is. Not quite as thug.

My other favorite moment from the opening weekend came when a friend sent me this video. The dude coming down the stairs in the background has had a long day of basketball, presumably enjoying an adult beverage or two along the way. Apparently watching someone fall down turns me into a second-grader giggling uncontrollably.

OTHER STUFF FROM AROUND THE WEB

Thursday night was all about college basketball, but if you missed the end of the Nuggets game against the 76ers, check out this wild finish that extended their winning streak to 14.

The Nuggets (sans Ty Lawson) lost to the Hornets last night. No really, that happened. Still, they are the best story in the NBA right now (assuming you don’t like or don’t care about or refuse to acknowledge the Miami Heat, who should be expected to win every game and not praised for it). Denver has a great chance of securing the number 3 seed in the Western Conference. Rob Mahoney of si.com had an interesting piece on Monday about the Nuggets true chances of playoff success. Personally, I think there’s a whole lot to hate about the NBA, but the deep and different dudes in Denver are, in a way, the opposite of all those disturbing and disgusting trends. So I watch. And I root. And I don’t even feel like a hypocrite.

And yes, I absolutely think this team is good enough to get past San Antonio and Oklahoma City to play Miami in the Finals, assuming David Stern is cool with it, which is unlikely. They travel to San Antonio tomorrow in what should be an interesting test.

The controversial ending to the Nuggets-Bulls game last week got a Bulls analyst fired. What a wild story.

This is a great story on a dad successfully grooming his son to become a professional athlete. Really good journalism.

This MMA’er has an unfortunate name. Or the announcer has an unfortunate pronunciation. Either way, this should make you laugh:

This has 6 million views in like 6 days. It’s not as good as this classic. Or even this one. But what a fun little genre we’ve developed here.

And finally, Opening Day is less than a week away. It might mean less in Colorado this year, but damn, I love baseball. It’s hard to not get excited for winter fading into spring and spring fading into summer. Nothing symbolizes that better than a bright green baseball diamond on a sunny day. I wrote this a year ago.

Happy Tuesday everybody.

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Plenty of Reasons To Like the Nuggets

This season’s Denver Nuggets are quite a bit different from the team we saw on opening night of last season. They’re fun to watch, they’re not completely self-absorbed and they’re actually pretty good.

It’s refreshing to watch a team without a superstar. It doesn’t hurt that I don’t have to watch mediocre players who think they’re superstars regardless of their productivity.

Andre Miller, Ty Lawson, Nene (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Something's not right here, these dudes don't even have that many tattoos. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Carmelos, Kenyons and JRs have been replaced by quiet, unassuming guys like Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer and Andre Miller.

I don’t want to make these guys out as saints, but the Nuggets look like the most unselfish, least ego-driven team in the NBA. They don’t mind playing defense, they’re incredibly deep (important in this highly condensed season), and they run the floor in a fan friendly style of play.

In short, ESPN would struggle to make a promo like this if the Nuggets were involved.

The best part of all of this? They have a chance to do some big things in the Western Conference. The Nuggets (12-5) have already beaten the Mavericks (11-7), Jazz (10-5), Lakers (10-8), Heat (12-5) and 76ers (12-5). They went 4-0 on an East Coast road trip swing in which they played four games in five nights and if they win in Sacramento tonight can complete a 5-0 road trip.

That should turn some heads throughout the league.

Al Harrington has come out of nowhere to be perhaps the team MVP this year. Ty Lawson and Miller have been compatible on the floor together, especially late in games. Danilo Gallinari is having his best season. The Fernandez and Brewer trade didn’t generate much buzz across the country, but both have proved to be productive.

The Nuggets are trying to win a championship in an unconventional manner, and if nothing else, it should be very interesting to watch.

The NBA is probably rigged to favor superstars and large markets, but if it’s not, a healthy Nugs team could be David Stern’s and ESPN’s worst nightmare come playoff time because they are very capable of making a deep run.