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Paul Klee

Denver Sports Columnist

Paul covers the Broncos and Rockies, with an eye on the Nuggets, Avalanche and other Denver-area topics.
  • Klee: Respect has turned into worship for retiring athletes

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    DENVER - Von Miller plays Connect Four. Charlie Blackmon? He has a thing for Top Gun T-shirts. Julius Thomas keeps a Bible in his locker. Troy Tulowitzki studies his fantasy football lineup like it's a bar exam. Danilo Gallinari hosts low-stakes poker games. Gabriel Landeskog...

  • Klee: So you're not LeBron? In the NBA, that's OK

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    DENVER - Muffled in the background, the shouts of a developing fast break echoed across the Nuggets' practice gym. Sneakers screeched across the wood court. Arturas Karnisovas, the team's assistant general manager, stepped through a door to see a flat-screen TV blasting more hours of...

  • Broadmoor Invitation returns after long hiatus

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Stepping to the 14th tee box at The Broadmoor's devilish East course, Pete Jacobs had reason to reflect. But first, his tee shot. A mighty swing sent the ball tumbling down the right edge of the fairway, safe from harm under Tuesday's drizzly conditions. "My dad was on the...

  • Klee: DeMarcus Ware as Broncos co-MVP? That would be a good thing

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    DENVER — Peyton for President? The MVP needs a VP. Just like last year, Manning will enter the season as the favorite to win the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, slightly ahead of Green Bay's mustachioed double-checker Aaron Rodgers, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. Can...

  • Klee: As expected, Denver Nuggets go international route in NBA draft

    Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    DENVER — In broken English and an endearing accent, Jusuf Nurkic was the Bosnian prince of brevity after the Nuggets picked him in the NBA draft. "I come to NBA," he said simply. Please do. And please be a baller. Because if Nurkic, a 19-year-old center from a faraway land, turns...

  • Klee: Jurgen Klinsmann deserves credit, not criticism, for U.S. soccer team

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    DENVER — As a 20-something captain with the Colorado Rapids, Pablo Mastroeni had a saying he often shared with teammates. In soccer, he told them, there are two types of players: piano players and piano movers. A heady, relentless player, Mastroeni built a star's career on the...

  • KLEE: For Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni, US-Portugal awakens World Cup ghosts

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    COMMERCE CITY — If there were ghosts in soccer, there are certain matches they would haunt. The cleated banshees of this one — United States 3, Portugal 2 — still tickle the tattooed biceps of Pablo Mastroeni, a dozen years after World Cup shock. "I get goose bumps just thinking...

  • Klee: Is Colorado Springs the best idea for Rockies pitching prospects?

    Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The next pay raise for a Coors Field employee should go to the person in charge of nameplates in the Rockies clubhouse. He's doing a swell job. When Christian Friedrich arrived Friday, his was in place. It marked the 16th time this season a new nameplate denoted the arrival of a...

  • Klee: Colorado Avalanche's future in able hands of Roy, Sakic

    Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    DENVER — The Avs of 2013-14 were talented enough to win a playoff series or two. But they weren't ready. They weren't mature enough to fend off the gritty Wild, much less the Kings or Blackhawks and their years and years of playoff moxie. Patrick Roy tried to tell us as much, but...

  • Klee: At the ballpark, every day is Father's Day

    Updated: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    DENVER - His parents blew up the photo, made it more pronounced, so visitors are reminded of what this is truly all about it. That wasn't necessary, really. To the kid, the moment already was larger than life. Twenty years later it remains that way to Charlie Culberson: an enlarged...

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