The Denver Nuggets are a pretty wild bunch, so if you're looking for a team to feed your crazy side, look no further than the Nuggets, writes Nate Timmons of Denver Stiffs.
The question is, why should you root for the Nuggets? Honestly, you probably shouldn't root for Denver, especially if you have a heart condition.
But if you really want to adopt a team for these playoffs and you're considering the Nuggets, then please make sure you say yes to at least one of the following.
- Do people often associate you and the word "crazy" together? Hello J.R. Smith.
- Are you known for running with the wrong crowd? Wzup Arron Afflalo.
- Do you look at the people in your crew and say aloud, "I don't even know why we are friends." Hi there Chauncey Billups.
- Do you have a general lack of caring about your health, like would you eat ice cream at 6 p.m. and call it dinner? Good day Kenyon Martin.
- Do you find yourself looking for something to do on a lazy afternoon and decide another tattoo is a good option? Hey Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
If any of the above sounds good to you or is familiar to you then you've found the right team. Do not read about any other teams and learn to take the made up word "Thuggets" as a compliment and testament to the toughness of your new team. Oh, and if you have a decent amount of hair then please go find some super sticky gel, toss a Mohawk in and continue reading. If you can't find any gel or if you're out, then please look towards Ted (Ben Stiller) in There's Something About Mary for inspiration.
The Denver Nuggets ... how to describe thee. One particularly disturbing scene among many in the 1999 movie Fight Club has Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) taking a beating from a goon named Lou in the basement of a local bar. The bar owner decided he didn't want weirdoes in his basement beating the crap out of each other anymore, so he had his goon rough up Durden in an attempt to drive the Fight Club from his less than fine establishment. Lou had the following conversation with Durden as he was punchisizing his face:
Lou: [Lou hits Tyler in the face] Do you hear me now?
Tyler Durden: No, I didn't quite catch that, Lou.
[Lou hits Tyler again]
Tyler Durden: Still not getting it.
[Lou hits Tyler a few more times]
Tyler Durden: Ok, I got it. Shit, I lost it.
[Lou continues to beat up Tyler]
The above describes the Nuggets when they are losing, which they did 29 times this season (22 on the road). The answer to make the beatings stop seemed rather easy, but Denver likes to learn things the hard way and they can be very stubborn. The above can even describe how Denver fails, at times, to make in-game adjustments. They'll leave deadly three-point shooters open, they'll suddenly turn into jump shooting team when attacking the rim was working, they will almost flat out refuse to rebound properly, basically if you find something that works against the Nuggets or bothers them, stick to it as it will sometimes never get fixed.
But when the Nuggets are winning, nothing needs to be fixed. The feeling you get when the Nuggets are playing well is like ... well, it's like the feeling you get when your favorite team is playing well! I don't need to tell anybody here the euphoria that fandom can bring. You need no other analogy: it's like having a big bowl of ice cream to stuff in your face, because we know how we feel.
What I can tell you is that when the Nuggets are at their best the defensive intensity is creating offensive opportunities. The extra pass is being made. The ball-boy could come in and hit a shot because the rim seems to expand. The term run-and-gun is in action and a small deficit can turn into a double-digit lead.
The Nuggets have a nice mixture of veteran players like Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin, they have the crazy young gunners in Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, they have the big men who can be brilliant and frustrating in Nene, Chris Andersen and Johan Petro, the hard workers in Arron Afflalo, and Ty Lawson and a some good end of the bench guys in Renaldo Balkman, Anthony Carter, Joey Graham and Malik "Tacos" Allen.
The Nuggets are missing their head coach George Karl, who is recovering from neck and throat cancer treatments. His presence is being greatly felt as his absence has been prolonged to at least the second-round of the playoffs. The Nuggets are in search of their first NBA Finals appearance and without their general and perhaps without home court after the first round the fight will be tough, but this club is ready.