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The Eve Ladies and Gentlemen

A Fast Start Could Make Melo's Decision Easy.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, readers of all ages… it is time again for the start of the greatest time of the year. I am talking about the eve of the beginning of the Denver Nuggets season. That’s right folks, I am officially back from my sabbatical that took me away from writing last season.

There have been many changes since then and a whirlwind of drama surrounding the Nuggets. For those of you who think that it is unavoidable that Carmelo Anthony will take his game elsewhere… this post may not be for you. I am going to hold on to any hope, and a few bias theories, that have him wearing a Nuggets uniform beyond this season. Continue reading

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Unofficially, My Favorite Day of the Year!

 

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Denver Magazine Has the Keys to This Seasons Success on Their Cover

Today marks the day that myself, a grown man, wakes up before sunrise and starts getting ready for my favorite day of the year. Like a child on Christmas, peaking around the tree and shaking boxes, I am gearing up for the Nuggets’ season opener against the Utah Jazz.

 

Now it is no secret that the Jazz fall somewhere between hemorrhoids and Brent Musburger on my “Things That Irritate me” list, so nothing would make my favorite day of the year like a victory tonight. Continue reading

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Birdman to Continue to Protect the Nest

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-Jeremy Kloberdanz

Many fans around Denver have been wondering how the Nuggets plan on repeating last seasons success along with building on it. Would there be any marquee deals? Who would we retain and who would we let go? What would we go after in the draft?

The first step was the draft and the Nuggets stole potentially the best PG in the class when they acquired Ty Lawson. He will complement Chauncey Billups very well off the bench and is the future leader of our team. Ty pushes the ball up the court better than most who are already in the league and can learn a lot in the company that he is in. Chad Ford from ESPN agrees that he is a great pickup as he graded each teams draft. Continue reading

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There is a New “LAW” in Denver!

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Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to put the devastating end to the Nuggets season behind me, when I thought I would cry myself to sleep until the end of October when the NBA starts back up, when I thought I would vomit if I heard anything more about Kobe and the Lakers… A night like tonight rejuvenates my spirits! Continue reading

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The Nuggets vs. Kobe Preview

Rocky feels the Same as TAS about the Lakers

Rocky feels the Same as TAS about the Lakers

-Jeremy Kloberdanz
Now the matchups are known, the schedule is set in stone (even if it means chasing off a WWE event from the Pepsi Center) and the Nuggets look to rumble on to the finals. Despite not getting much national press all season, the Nuggets now have the following of the NBA analysts and basketball fans. People are beginning to believe in our team and some are even coming out and publicly saying that they choose the Nuggets to win the series. John Berry went on record on ESPN today and predicted that the Nuggets will win in six. John Hollinger is using his PER system to also take Denver as his choice to be victorious but covered all of his bases and stated that “Bynum is the ultimate wildcard” and that his prediction is void with good play from the Lakers center. Sadly it has taken all season and two rounds of the playoffs for the Nuggets to get this much deserved attention.

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Sixth Man Award or Not, J.R.’s Focus is the Postseason.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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It would be an understatement to say that over the past two weeks, J.R. Smith has been on a tear. He is averaging 22.6 points per game over the past eight including the Utah game in which he had a career high 8 three pointers and 7 assists. In that game he completely took over and scored 21 first half points, most of them coming at a crucial point in the second quarter igniting a run that brought the Nuggets back from 11 down. He has also logged a 40 point game against Washington where he was a scorching 65.2 percent from the field and went seven for eight from the free throw line. Continue reading

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The Nuggets Will Represent The West in The Finals!

denvernuggetsoldlogoThats right, I’m going there! I would like to announce my prediction that the Denver Nuggets will represent the West in the finals. I know that some people will find this crazy but that’s because they dont know anything about the NBA.

Currently the Nuggets are sitting 3rd in the Western Conference and are continuing to get better. Other than that hiccup a few nights ago with the Nets, the Nuggets have been dominant against teams that they are supposed to beat. They are twenty and two against teams under .500 and have dug deep several times to muster come from behind victories.  Continue reading

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Me and Mark Cuban

mark_cubanDear Mark,

We are sorry that you stopped taking your Xanax! We know that there must be a ton of pressure on you to compete with the likes of Stan Kroenke…He has more sports teams than you (and better ones!), He is $900 million richer than you (not including his wife’s money), and he isn’t being sued by the SEC for insider trading (and he didn’t own a company called mamma.com).

As for the refusal of J.R.’s gift, this may have been your biggest mistake to date. A player like J.R. does not forget things like this and can’t be held liable for crushing your team on March 27th. I would go as far as to say that you also have to watch out for him lighting up your Mavericks in the playoffs but as it stands, you are a game out of the elusive 8th spot. Looks like it may be an early off-season so you may want to start planning your vacation or arranging your legal counsel.

Thank you for your offer to donate that $25k to a charity of J.R.’s choice but we in Denver think that you may want to save your money. You can use that money to hire Martha Stewart to advise you on how to decorate your jail cell, or maybe you should use it to replace your other hip. Mark, we are just looking out for your best interest. We think that either of these choices would be approved by Coach Karl and David Stern and would avoid any more fines.

Sorry Mark, J.R. cannot be your BFF because he and George Karl have already committed to that.

Thanks anyway,

Jeremy Kloberdanz on behalf of everyone who cares about you.

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George Karl, etc…

So I’ve decided that I am going to become a professional basketball coach.  Take, for example, Nuggets Head Coach  George Karl:

What does he really do? ….Honestly?  He sits on his overweight ass, and sucks on cough drops and lozenges all night.  But at least he’s got a good rapport with his players?  I mean at least he’s doing his job as a coach, right?  Not exactly.  According to Nuggets guard J.R. Smith, George Karl refuses to talk to him.  He even delegates several assistant coaches to communicate with J.R., to avoid having to talk with him.

Now just what kind of sense does that make?  Just look at the definition of “coach” : “one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a competitive sport and directs team strategy.”  So he is getting paid several million dollars per year, and he can’t even communicate with all of his players?  I mean its not like he’s coaching an entire football team of 50-70 players.  He has 12 players on his roster….12.  Not to mention, J.R. is only 23 years old, and has no college experience.  He has the most raw talent and athleticism on the team, and NEEDS all of the coaching that he can get.  I know that there are two sides to the story, and that he can be a handful to try and get on the same page, but…..NEWSFLASH: that is your job, George Karl!  If you can’t handle it, then you don’t belong on the bench.  Give me a million dollars a year, and I can do a better coaching job.

Some may argue, “but the Nuggets are off to a franchise best 14-7 record this season.”  Well here are some more numbers for you.  1-3–their record before the Chauncey Billups trade.  13-4–their record since.  Does George Karl deserve credit for that?  Or does #7?

Also, just a little fyi, the Pistons are 7-8 since the Billups/Iverson trade.  In my opinion, this is a players league, and coaches get way too much credit, and not to mention too much money.

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