<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:50:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: NBA draft brings applause for Derrick White, shrugs for Denver Nuggets]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nba-draft-brings-applause-for-derrick-white-shrugs-for-denver-nuggets/article/1605746?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nba-draft-brings-applause-for-derrick-white-shrugs-for-denver-nuggets/article/1605746?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Hear this through, because it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Yet. But ask me when free agency is over. For now, the Nuggets had a bad draft night on Tuesday. That’s partly because they should have taken Derrick White with the No. 24 pick. He was there — the rare born-raised-and-schooled first-round pick from right here in Colorado — and just itching to stay home. Derrick’s story — from a guy with two scholarship offers to a Division II All-American at UCCS to All-Pac-12 in Boulder to the NBA draft — is so improbable that Hollywood would toss it away for being too unbelievable. Instead, White went to the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:28:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Sky Sox move stinks — and makes sense]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-sky-sox-move-stinks-and-makes-sense/article/1605664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-sky-sox-move-stinks-and-makes-sense/article/1605664?custom_click=rss

They’re still going to have Two-Dollar Tuesdays.

For $2 you get a parking spot, game ticket, or a beer. Sox the Fox isn’t going anywhere; neither is Princesses and Pirates Night, a favorite with the kids. 

But Triple-A baseball in Colorado Springs?

Going, going, gone.

This move stinks and makes sense at the same time.

If replacing the Triple-A club with a Rookie League outfit didn’t make sense, it would be easy to blast the Elmore Sports Group for moving the Triple-A team to San Antonio. If Security Service Field was at or near the top of the Pacific Coast League in attendance, more emotion would be packed into the somber end of a 30-year run for Triple-A baseball in Colorado

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:42:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: How do Denver Nuggets combat NBA 'superteams'? Build their own European superteam]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-how-do-denver-nuggets-combat-nba-superteams-build-their-own-european-superteam/article/1605574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-how-do-denver-nuggets-combat-nba-superteams-build-their-own-european-superteam/article/1605574?custom_click=rss

DENVER - One of the more endearing exercises conducted by the Nuggets front office is the same kind of conversation you might hear at the neighborhood tavern that serves $2 PBRs.

"We do it all the time," president of basketball operations Tim Connelly told me, referring to the exercise, not the $2 PBRs. Along with general manager Arturas Karnisovas, coach Michael Malone and whoever else is in the room, Connelly whips out the rosters of the NBA's superteams - Golden State and Cleveland - and tries to identify the point at which they will fizzle. Denver's decision-makers account for age and contract status, first and foremost, and align them with their own. The objective is for the Nuggets to peak when the superteams are at their

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:04:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: The selfish case for wanting former UCCS, CU star Derrick White with the Denver Nuggets]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-the-selfish-case-for-wanting-former-uccs-cu-star-derrick-white-with-the-denver-nuggets/article/1605510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-the-selfish-case-for-wanting-former-uccs-cu-star-derrick-white-with-the-denver-nuggets/article/1605510?custom_click=rss

NBA draft week is all house money for Derrick White.

There's not a sentiment that he must go in the first round on Thursday or it's a bummer; his story is already unlike anything we've seen in Colorado basketball. There's no preference on which franchise drafts the former UCCS and CU star, either, only that gets a legitimate shot with a committed staff once he arrives.

"It's more important to go to a team that wants me," White said. 

The latest stop on White's winding, unusual road to the NBA was here in Colorado.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:24:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Nolan Arenado stakes early claim to MVP as Rockies sweep Giants]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nolan-arenado-stakes-early-claim-to-mvp-as-rockies-sweep-giants/article/1605443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nolan-arenado-stakes-early-claim-to-mvp-as-rockies-sweep-giants/article/1605443?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The big mystery afterward: Whodunit?

Who put the two-inch gash above Nolan Arenado’s left eyeball? In the video room positioned across the hallway from a giddy Rockies clubhouse, the coaching staff replayed the dogpile like a never-ending GIF, over and over, to locate the source of the blood that caked Arenado's jersey, right alongside splotches of blue Gatorade and dirt. “Right there!” a coach shouted. “It was a helmet.”

Charlie Blackmon’s helmet, to be exact, is what sliced Arenado at ground zero of one of the craziest celebrations Coors Field has ever hosted. But what their stealth reconnaissance also unearthed is of far more importance:

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:37:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: NBA or nay, Air Force graduate Hayden Graham scores his shot with Denver Nuggets workout]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nba-or-nay-air-force-graduate-hayden-graham-scores-his-shot-with-denver-nuggets-workout/article/1605272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nba-or-nay-air-force-graduate-hayden-graham-scores-his-shot-with-denver-nuggets-workout/article/1605272?custom_click=rss

DENVER — At the risk of sounding like an Air Force recruiter — I’m not, and that’s probably for the best — here’s what I was thinking as Hayden Graham wrapped up an NBA draft workout with the Nuggets on Thursday.

Yes, it’s true that Graham, the Falcons’ scoring and rebounding leader the past two seasons, is ineligible to play professionally for two years due to the policy shift that prevented his close friend, Jalen Robinette, from being drafted into the NFL. And yes, that’s still a bummer.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:26:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: As Derrick White's storybook NBA career unfolds, don't forget the chapter written at UCCS]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-as-derrick-whites-storybook-nba-career-unfolds-dont-forget-the-chapter-written-at-uccs/article/1605188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-as-derrick-whites-storybook-nba-career-unfolds-dont-forget-the-chapter-written-at-uccs/article/1605188?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Hopefully this part doesn’t get forgotten. Hopefully, as Derrick White builds a long, lucrative NBA career, the chapter he wrote at UCCS is told the right way, with accuracy.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:16:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Nuggets host Air Force's Hayden Graham, Cheyenne Mountain's Canyon Barry in pre-NBA draft workout]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-nuggets-host-air-forces-hayden-graham-cheyenne-mountains-canyon-barry-in-pre-nba-draft-workout/article/1605144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-nuggets-host-air-forces-hayden-graham-cheyenne-mountains-canyon-barry-in-pre-nba-draft-workout/article/1605144?custom_click=rss

Former Air Force guard Hayden Graham and Cheyenne Mountain star Canyon Barry will take part in a pre-NBA draft workout for the Nuggets on Thursday.

Graham, who was named honorable mention All-Mountain West the past two seasons, led the Falcons in scoring and rebounding. Barry was the second-leading scorer for a Florida squad that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. 

This might be the smartest workout on the predraft schedule; Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss is on Thursday's workout list and also was named a first-team Academic All-American. Barry was a nuclear engineering major and first-team Academic All-American at Florida.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:29:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian? Denver Broncos should ask 'No Fly Zone']]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-paxton-lynch-or-trevor-siemian-denver-broncos-should-ask-no-fly-zone/article/1605104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-paxton-lynch-or-trevor-siemian-denver-broncos-should-ask-no-fly-zone/article/1605104?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Hey, remember that time Super Bowl champion and professional flamethrower Aaron Rodgers brought the Green Bay Packers into the "No Fly Zone"? What did he have, 88 passing yards?

“I believe so,” Broncos safety Darian Stewart said with a grin on Tuesday. “Something like that.”

So how are 23-year-old Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, 25, supposed to perform against a defense that munches future Hall of Fame quarterbacks like an afternoon snack?

“I feel like they should relish that, look forward to that,” cornerback Bradley Roby told me next to the practice field at the UCHealth Training Center. “I look forward to going against E (Emmanuel Sanders) and DT

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:19:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Rockin' Rockies blast Cubs, turn June swoon into June boon]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-rockin-rockies-blast-cubs-turn-june-swoon-into-june-boon/article/1604891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-rockin-rockies-blast-cubs-turn-june-swoon-into-june-boon/article/1604891?custom_click=rss

DENVER — It’s not you, 2016 World Series teams. It’s them.

The Rockies have a terrible memory. They forget things. Or are they simply ignoring the past — their own, which says they were not supposed to be the first National League team to 40 wins, and that of the big boys who once were baseball’s best?

After winning the first three at Wrigley Field, the Rockies are 8-1 against the Cubs and Indians, the reigning NL and AL champs. The Rox had five straight against the World Series qualifiers from a year ago. They won all five, by a lopsided, loopy score of 37-9. Sunday, they go for the Wrigley Field sweep.

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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:34:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Atop the NL and under the (expletive) skin of opponents, Colorado Rockies thump Cleveland Indians]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-atop-the-nl-and-under-the-expletive-skin-of-opponents-colorado-rockies-thump-cleveland-indians/article/1604702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-atop-the-nl-and-under-the-expletive-skin-of-opponents-colorado-rockies-thump-cleveland-indians/article/1604702?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Don’t blame Terry Francona.

Who wouldn’t have road rage after playing these Rockies?

“I don’t give a (expletive) about them right now,” the Cleveland Indians manager snapped at me on Wednesday after the Rockies pummeled his club again, this time 8-1. “Bud Black can handle them. He’s doing a great job. My concerns are with my team.”

Hey, all I wanted to know is if these Rox look like a ballclub with staying power. It was Tito’s Red Sox, remember, who brought their brooms to slam the door shut on Rocktober in the World Series a decade ago. This being the best Rockies team since or before then, I figured it was worth a shot.

But I get

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:27:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado Rockies' storybook start adds best chapter yet — Chad Bettis returns]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-storybook-start-adds-best-chapter-yet-chad-bettis-returns/article/1604627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-storybook-start-adds-best-chapter-yet-chad-bettis-returns/article/1604627?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The best thing I’ve seen at Coors Field this season happened Tuesday.

And that says something, since the Rockies were 36-23 entering a series against the Indians, tied for the most wins in the National League, in first place in the West and, if they held a reunion with the previous 24 Rockies teams, would go down in the yearbook as Most Likely To Win A World Series. 

But this? This beats it all: as they wrapped up batting practice, Nolan Arenado assaulting one over the center-field wall for good measure, a man with a bald dome strolled down the dugout steps. Chad Bettis, after seven cycles of chemo to treat testicular cancer, rocked with feeling his No.

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:10:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Snapchat snafu puts Will "White Shoes" Parks in hot water with Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-snapchat-snafu-puts-will-white-shoes-parks-in-hot-water-with-broncos/article/1604549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-snapchat-snafu-puts-will-white-shoes-parks-in-hot-water-with-broncos/article/1604549?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — This time, Willy “White Shoes” Parks stepped over the line.

His brainpower is questionable to return.

“First of all, it’s two separate issues,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday.

True, and one is not like the other.

To recap Parks’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week: First, “White Shoes” posted two clips from a Broncos practice on Snapchat. The clips showed quarterback Paxton Lynch looking like he’s never played quarterback before. Squint your eyes, you can even see Parks on the field, too.

Next, by strange timing, word got out that Parks also happens to be facing a pair of misdemeanor non-violent domestic violence

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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:31:04 -0600