South Stands Denver on Facebook South Stands Denver on Linkedin South Stands Denver on Twitter South Stands Denver on Google+

The silence is deafening. Is Peyton really coming back?

The silence is deafening. Is Peyton really coming back?

"-There’s nothing stopping Manning from forcing Denver’s hand. “Pay me or cut me” could very well be his stance. And he’s perfectly justified in taking it." click the read more link...

Suddenly everybody hates Julius Thomas

Suddenly everybody hates Julius Thomas

"Broncos Country loved JT and now he's being run out of town on a digital rail becuase of one article written by one sports radio host based on the comments...

Crap my kid Photoshopped for me: Only Bill could make Pete look like ...

Crap my kid Photoshopped for me: Only Bill could make Pete look like ...

Pete Carroll is no angel. But the head coach of the Patriots makes him look like one.

Radio Row: Say goodbye to the Press Box

Radio Row: Say goodbye to the Press Box

"The success of the Press Box show earned Peter Burns national attention and that attention ultimately led to his being discovered by ESPN and eventually hired to anchor the new...

OK, Peyton. One more year and that's it, okay?

OK, Peyton. One more year and that's it, okay?

"Pretty much everything Peyton Manning is yet to do can be done in 2015 - including winning a Super Bowl in a Broncos uniform. But after that he's got to...

It's time for the Broncos to stop walking on Manning's eggshells.

It's time for the Broncos to stop walking on Manning's eggshells.

"So long as number 18 is suiting up for the Denver Broncos the Denver Broncos will be built around Peyton Manning. The offense will be designed in his image and...

The Broncos should stick with plan "A" if only for one more year

The Broncos should stick with plan "A" if only for one more year

"Peyton Manning and John Fox are a package. It would be senseless for the Broncos to fire Fox and hire a replacement for Manning's "one last run" at the playoffs....

Radio Row: Another shoe drops in the rapidly changing sports radio scene. How much more is to come?

Radio Row: Another shoe drops in the rapidly changing sports radio scene. How much more is to come?

"It is possible, however, that Front Range Sports, now flush with the $5.75M it received from Colorado Public Radio for the 102.3 signal, could make a play to purchase the...

Godspeed, Adrian Dater. Godspeed.

Godspeed, Adrian Dater. Godspeed.

"Well, the communications must have been real. She was, if her Twitter account was to be believed, quite upset with Dater for his actions and she launched a personal campaign...

Is “Super Creepy” Adrian Dater posing more problems for the Post?

Is “Super Creepy” Adrian Dater posing more problems for the Post?

"Deadspin has once again become interested in Dater’s exploits on Twitter. This time the site was contacted by a female hockey fan who provided screen grabs of some rather creepy...

Pro leagues / teams are making deals with the Devil in daily fantasy sports

Pro leagues / teams are making deals with the Devil in daily fantasy sports

"The industry has cleverly slipped into the loopholes left in the gaming act and in doing so has essentially replaced online poker as the most popular form of internet gambling." CLICK...

A stunning Broncos loss has made us normal people again

A stunning Broncos loss has made us normal people again

"Better now than later, I say. Better for the fans. Better for the team. Not only do the Broncos now have a better perspective on how they might be beaten...

«
»
Monday, 11 February 2013 09:49

Nuggets: a few bad apples can spoil the batch.

Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)

"The Carmelo Anthony era is long over. Anthony scored 42 points on Sunday - in a blowout Knicks loss. That's no longer something you'll see happen to the Nuggets. They've achieved balance - which is great news in many respects. But, to the malcontents - the guys who want to be starters and aren't - the guys who want more minutes and to pad their own individual stats, the Nuggets current model, AKA "Karlball", isn't working."

Read more

Nuggets: a few bad apples can spoil the batch.

Your Denver Nuggets have been on quite a tear of late. Coming into last nights tilt with the Celtics in snowy Boston, the red hot Nugs had taken down nine in row and were coming off a convincing dismantling of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It seemed as though all was right in Nuggetland. And, although they ultimately lost to Boston in triple overtime, the Nuggets showed the NBA world that they are no easy out - not even for the other hottest team in the NBA. The Celtics have now won seven games in a row, but Denver came within a bad three-point attempt from Andre Miller of advancing their own streak to ten games.

With the All-Star break only a few days away, the Nuggets are looking good. Really good. They're firmly in the fourth spot in the Western Conference and have their sights set on the Clippers and their three seed. Everything is coming together for Denver. Sadly, a small faction of players it trying to tear it all apart.

One advantage the Nuggets have over most clubs is their depth. The Nuggets have an expansive bench and, on any given night, they're likely to have a range of players score in the double-digits without a single one putting up jaw-dropping numbers. The Carmelo Anthony era is long over. Anthony scored 42 points on Sunday - in a blowout Knicks loss. That's no longer something you'll see happen to the Nuggets. They've achieved balance - which is great news in many respects. But, to the malcontents - the guys who want to be starters and aren't - the guys who want more minutes and to pad their own individual stats, the Nuggets current model, AKA "Karlball", isn't working.

Last week Andre Miller granted a now-infamous interview to Paul Klee of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph in which he threw his team and his coach under the team bus. Miller, who's ticked off that he's not a featured star for the Nuggets, wants to be shipped out. His need for ego fulfillment clearly outweighs the needs of his team. He told Klee: “I’m not just going to sit back and settle in and be a backup and let my career just fade away. I’m competitive in that way.”
Furthermore, Miller is skeptical that Denver can find success in the long term being constructed in the manner that they are. It's not a team that relies on super stars. Miller objects: "I don’t care how much team basketball you play or how much talent you have all spread out. You can’t win in this league without a superstar.”

As Mile High Sports' James Merilatt asks in his column this morning, how are fans supposed to believe in the Nuggets when Andre Miller, who has been an on-again, off-again fixture in Denver for a long time doesn't? It's painfully ironic that a player who demands more time and calls out the very structure of his team is the very player who's poor decision making and impatience cost the Nuggets a win in Boston last night. Had Miller not been given the minutes he played in the third overtime period, the Nuggets might have had fewer turnovers and wound up making a needed extra pass prior to jacking up a final three-point shot that had a snowball's chance in hell of finding paydirt. The Nuggets battled hard for seven periods only to have selfish play on the part of Miller send them packing.

Andre is not the only Nugget complaining about his minutes and talking trade. Wilson Chandler has taken to Twitter to express his frustration. On Saturday night Chandler told one Twitter user that he had asked the Nuggets to shop him around. Chandler has never seemed satisfied to be a Denver Nugget. Ever since he was traded from the Knicks he has put off a vibe that says "too good for this town". Like so many NBA players, Chandler wants to be in the bright lights of the big city and he sees Denver as Siberia. He denies this, of course. In fact, I had an exchange with Chandler on Twitter just last night during which I Tweeted that fans wanted him to embrace being a Nugget. His response was:  "trust me I am! Don't get one thing twisted with another. Never said one thing about the team and/or fans." But it's one thing to say that and another to act as though it's true.

One of the most disconcerting things we've seen is Nuggets players using the social network to air their grievances. It's not at all an appropriate thing for them to do. While the First Amendment certainly applies to athletes as much as it does anybody, they should be more careful.

After the stinging loss to the Celtics last night, JaVale McGee took to Twitter to piss and moan about his minutes, too. McGee whined "SCRAPS AGAIN TODAY! NO LOVE!". Rather than approaching George Karl and asking him for more time - or proving on the court that he deserves more time, McGee turned to the fans to get his back. There's obviously nothing they can do to change his situation. Besides, the Nuggets have been winning, so doesn't it all just sound like sour grapes?

javale1

There's a cancer swimming in the Denver Nuggets blood stream. Either the malcontents are right, and George Karl isn't doing a proper job of managing the depth of his team, or some guys have got to go. Nothing can take the wind of the team's sails more quickly than having angry guys skulking about the locker room bitching about their own roles while the team as a whole is successful. There's almost a sense that certain guys, Miller, Chandler and McGee specifically, resent the fact that the Nuggets are getting it done in the manner that they are.

Would these players rather score 42 in a blowout loss? It seems that way. Perhaps George Karl is losing his locker room. Maybe he hasn't done an effective job explaining his reasoning. But, for a team with over 30 wins before the All-Star break, the Nuggets are suddenly surrounded in negativity - all thanks to a few bad apples spoiling the batch.

Last modified on Monday, 11 February 2013 09:54
Colin Daniels

Colin is the emcee of the South Stands Denver Fancast and maintains our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Best of Westword 2013: Best Blog
Best of Westword 2011: Best Podcast
Subscribe to South Stands Denver Fancast on iTunes

South Stands Denver Fancast Playlist

SSDF Podcast

  • South Stands Denver Fancast Show 206: Keepin' it Tight....
    Our good buddy, Denver Stiffs writer, Colorado Sports Guy and super stylish dude, Jeff Morton joins us for a great…
  • South Stands Denver Fancast, Show 205
    Mile High Sports superstar Brandon Spano (@BrandonSpano) joins us for some yelling and riveting Broncos talk. But before he arrives,…
  • South Stands Denver Fancast Show 204: Back sack strikes back
    The boys from the Sin Bin, Mile High Sports (and the only one of its kind in Denver) hockey show,…
  • South Stands Denver Fancast, Show 203: A Broncos postmortem.
    We talk A LOT of Broncos and delve into whether the coaches tanked, whether the players quit and where we…

SSDF on Facebook

SSDF Twitter Watch