The 09 Nuggets: A History Lesson?

SBN’s Denver Stiffs, asks the question, and it’s a good one: Could the 2009 Denver Nuggets offer a history lesson to fans that may have forgotten the 85-86 team? Plenty of rabid Denver fans, like Carmelo Anthony were still walking on their hands at that point.

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For them, Denver Stiffs provides some context:

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By Nuggets franchise standards, the 1985-86 season was a success. The Nuggets won 47 games (third best in the Western Conference, although it should be noted that three Western playoff participants were sub-.500 that season), a playoff series and took the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets to six games in the second round, culminating with a heartbreaking 126-122 double overtime Rockets victory at McNichols Arena. But looking at 1985-86 from a broader view, it was a bit of let down as the Nuggets had come off an NBA franchise-best 52 win season and a Western Conference Finals appearance against the Lakers the year before.

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Never one to be a glass-is-half-full kind of guy, I’m concerned that 2009-10 is already feeling like that 1985-86 campaign. Consider the comparisons…

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And it continues from there to highlight some fairly striking parallels. A very good read, and reminder: the game’s different these days, but not that different.

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