Not everything about game five was sexy, but this gorgeous steal by Corey Brewer, followed by a sensational set of passes, followed by an uncontested dunk is one of the prettier plays you'll ever see.
Just like everyone else, Nuggets fans needed a diversion last night. Their team didn’t let them down.
Your Denver Nuggets fell to the Golden State Warriors last night in the exact same way they lost to Utah on Monday ... grasping for clutch.
If you've ever wondered what it looks like to see a team gel before your very eyes, skip to the end of this highlight video and watch the way Andre Iguodala embraces Danilo Gallinari. It's the kind of sports moment that makes me glad to be a fan.
Props to our friend, Jeff Morton from Denver Stiffs for pointing this out for us. In his Nugs / Suns teaser article. posted today, Morton says of the embrace "Encapsulated in that moment was winning, teamwork, support, encouragement and determination all wrapped up in to one. It is this moment, I believe, that will define this Nuggets team going forward through this season. The symbolism is massive"
(Via the Denver Post)
The Denver Post's excellent Denver Nuggets beat writer brings us the feel-good story of the day. Andre Iguodala wrote a letter to the Philadelphia fans in front of whom he had played since he was drafted.
Iguodala posted this to his personal web site today:
I would like to take the time to thank you and all your devoted sports fans for the passion, loyalty and spirit that you gave to me during my eight seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Thanks as well to the 76ers organization, who gave me the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA and provided me with a great front office of dedicated people to work with. I would also like to thank all the coaches, trainers and teammates that I was blessed to compete along side and build lasting relationships with here.
Tonight I begin a new chapter in my career but I will always share my accomplishments with the city and the organization and I thank you both for all that you have done for me.
This coming Tuesday, at 2pm, Colin Daniels will be moderating the Google+ Hangout with Nuggets star Andre Iguodala.
Andre Iguodala, AKA "Dre", will be on web cam fielding questions from a lucky group of fans (who will also be on cam) while Colin reads YOUR questions from Google+ and from Twitter. Just use the Hashtag #DreHangout to submit!
The event will stream live right here at South Stands Denver as well as at Google+ and will be available on YouTube afterward.
Join Andre and US as Google+ demonstrates its power to bring fans and athletes together in a whole new way.
Join Andre Iguodala's circle on Google + for an opportunity to participate in the hangout!
One of the smartest, deepest basketball thinkers on Twitter, our pal @Smooth_Operatah blogs about the Nuggets recreationally.
When he crafts a gem we sometimes asks him if we can reproduce it here. Unlike some "bloggers" who cover the Nuggets, Smooth doesn't just regurgitate perspective he gleaned from National writers and paste links (lookin' at you, NBA Mistress). He writes with insight and passion. This week Smooth evaluated the Nuggets' trade for Iguodala. Let's just say he's not doing the Iggy Shuffle.
The i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. The enormous four-team trade that made the Lakers into world beaters, made the Nuggets and the Sixers moderately better and picked the pocket of the Orlando Magic has been made official.
So now Andre Iguodala is really a Nugget (and Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington aren't).
Apparently people call the newest Nugget "Iggy". He's 28 years old and he hails from Springfield, Ill. He was drafted 9th overall in the 2004 draft by Philadelphia after playing two years for the University of Arizona. He also an Olympian, wish makes him the only Nugget on the current roster to compete in this years games.
Iggy has played with Andre Miller before. When the Nuggets traded for Allen Iverson they shipped "the other Andre" off to Philly, where he and Iggy spent two seasons together.
He's known for his defense and for his leadership.
Twitter's a place where some athletes get themselves in trouble. Not Arron Afflalo, though. All he does is inspire.