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Paul Klee

Denver Sports Columnist

Paul Klee is the Denver-based sports columnist for The Gazette, with a focus on the Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche. The addicted fly fisherman grew up in Denver and returned home to join the newspaper's staff in 2012. He credits his chocolate Lab, the Maya Bear, with all of his good column ideas.

Nuggets Timberwolves Basketball
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, eyes the basket as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic of Serbia defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Fulltime Referees Football
FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway responds to questions during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The NFL is considering making referees full-time employees and centralizing replay review at its New York headquarters as it aims for more consistent, shorter games, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The NFL is considering making referees full-time employees and centralizing replay review at its New York headquarters as it aims for more consistent, shorter games, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Elway, a member of the competition committee, said the caveat is that these referees have successful careers outside of football and they may not want to give up their day jobs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Oilers Avalanche Hockey
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom, left, of Sweden, looks to stop Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene as he drives down the ice with the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Padres Rockies Baseball
Colorado Rockies' David Dahl raises his arms as he crosses home plate to score the winning run on a single hit by pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso off San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brandon Maurer in a baseball game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Denver. Colorado won 8-7. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Nuggets Bucks Basketball
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay, center, drives through the Milwaukee Bucks defense during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
BRONCOS PATRIOTS
DeMarcus Ware forces Tom Brady to throw incomplete - The Denver Broncos fell to the New England Patriots 16-3 Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Villanova Georgetown Basketball
Villanova guard Josh Hart (3) reacts after he hit a 3-pointer during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Georgetown, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Washington. Villanova won 81-55. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
basketball finals
Lewis-Palmer's Eli Burkett passes the ball during the second quarter of the state finals. Lewis-Palmer lost to Valor Christian 68-55 in the 4A Colorado State Basketball Championship finals at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Rockies Bettis Cancer Baseball
File - In this Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, file photo, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis is shown in the team's dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Denver. Always so optimistic, Bettis vowed to be ready for spring training even after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and undergoing surgery. Now, he knows for sure: The Colorado Rockies right-hander will most certainly be ready to pitch next month. Cancer-free, too. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)