The Melo era in Denver Nuggets basketball not only brought relevance back to the Nuggets brand, but also brought a bit of thuggery to the team as well. Carmelo Anthony was a ‘one-hit wonder’ in the infamous Denver Nuggets-New York Knicks brawl, Kenyon Martin — for the lack of a better word — was a thug on the court, plain and simple. Then there was J.R. Smith, whose erratic behavior was highlighted on and off the court and Allen Iverson, well, was Allen Iverson.
These antics — on and off the court — instilled a new moniker on the Denver Nuggets.
The Denver Thuggets.
Denver has bid adieu to all the aforementioned players, and with that, there’s a new brand of basketball that is exciting many in the Mile High.
Maybe I’ve called the Nuggets mediocre in the past — which they were — but this season I’m incredibly optimistic.
Is this thin air in the 5280 finally getting to me? Is the abundance of medical marijuana dispensaries? Is it the acquisition of Andre Iguodala?
Who knows, but I’m like a kid in a candy store at the moment and I’m completely smitten with the direction of the Denver Nuggets. The feeling was validated when they unveiled those golden delicious ‘skyline’ jerseys on Monday.
Hear that sound? It’s the sound of my blood rushing to my nether regions because I’m on 10 ready for this season to begin (see! I can totally rhyme).
It’s not just me, basketball aficionados that are familiar with the Denver Nuggets — or at the very least, enjoy watching their fast-paced game — are interested in this young and spirited team.
It’s not just fans and writers, the Nuggets themselves are ushering in a new season with hope, change, and commitment.
R.I.P to the Denver Thuggets, the team that raptured hearts with selfish basketball, on-court antics, and debaucheries in their free time.
Hello to the D-D-Denver Nuggets, the team that is making hearts pitter-patter with ball movement, improvement, athleticism, and a new breed of mental toughness along with a defensive mindset.
The 2012-2013 Denver Nuggets is a breath of fresh air and George Karl seems to have a pep in his step.
“I think we’re getting an image that this is the place to hang … I think Masai’s done a great job with the culture and changing of the attitude of the players committed to being here.”
RIP to the Denver Thuggets who — at times — made things harder than they should have been and welcome the D-D-Denver Nuggets and their focus on defense and, of course, Andre Iguodala.
A jack-of-all-trades player, a defensive surgeon who will be donning a Nuggets jersey in the 2012-2013 season; a player that not only has my heart, but George Karl’s.
“I love him. I can’t deny that I’ve been an Iguodala fan for a long time. I think he fits how we want to play.
Just like Masai Ujiri, George Karl, and the 2012-2013 Denver Nuggets, I just want them to win and succeed in the postseason.
R.I.P the Denver Thuggets, it was nice knowing you, but good things come to those who wait:
The 2012-2013 Denver Nuggets.