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  • Klee: Hall of Famer Larry Brown: Emmanuel Mudiay 'perfect' for Denver Nuggets

    DENVER - He played for the Denver Rockets of the ABA and coached the Nuggets into the NBA. He lived in Boulder a few years ago and cites locals Bill Ficke, Tad Boyle, Larry Eustachy and Chauncey Billups among his inner circle. You know his story. Larry Brown is a New Yorker blessed with Colorado blood. And with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay -...

  • Klee blog: Denver Nuggets should try to make Lawson/Mudiay work together

    If you take anything from my column on Larry Brown and Emmanuel Mudiay, maybe it should be this: "Ty (Lawson) can score and make shots and Emmanuel can (defend) bigger guards," Brown said of the Nuggets' two point guards. "I think that would be a pretty special backcourt." Leave it to a basketball coach of 40-plus years to make the...

  • Nuggets pick Mudiay ready to step into lineup

    DENVER — Emmanuel Mudiay says he's ready to step into the Denver Nuggets lineup and help lead the franchise to its first championship. It's not the biggest challenge the 19-year-old has faced in his young life, but it's one that he's ready to tackle. "I grew up with pressure my whole life," he said. "It's basketball, I'm going to have fun...

  • Klee: Get to know Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets' draft steal

    DENVER - His created-by-God-to-play-basketball physique screams "ready now." Emmanuel Mudiay is thick, like an NFL tailback, if NFL tailbacks were 6-foot-5. He's 210 pounds but not a ferocious athlete, not a Westbrook-type, even if wayward scouting reports portray him that way. But he can go. He loves to go. "A less-explosive,...

  • Nuggets select guard Emmanuel Mudiay in first round of NBA Draft

    DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. Mudiay averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.9 rebounds in 10 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2014-15. He originally committed to attend SMU before turning pro....

  • Klee: Draft night can make Denver Nuggets cool again

    DENVER — The visual of Andre Iguodala smooching a trophy as NBA Finals MVP had the same effect on Nuggets fans as month-old Chipotle. It was Iguodala, allegedly acting as the mole, who tipped off the Warriors to the Nuggets' physical game plan during a 2013 playoff series that altered NBA history. Thanks in no small part to that watershed...

  • Nuggets rumored to be in trade talks with Lakers, Kings

    Some interesting reports coming out this evening. First we have Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears (a former Nuggets beat reporter for the Denver Post) tweeting that the Nuggets have made Danilo Gallinari available in trades, according to a single source. A single source? Yes, a single source. One person. And within the next half hour Yahoo! Sports'...

  • 4 O'Clock Shadow: Talking NBA draft on ESPN Denver

    I'm back from vacation and ready to restart the 4 O'Clock Shadow, an afternoon blog on sports news around Colorado. Since there probably isn't that much interest in chatting about my fishing adventures through Montana, what better way to start than NBA draft talk? I'll be talking all things Nuggets (and some Broncos,...

  • Is the selfie the new autograph?

    Every time a fan pulls out a phone and asks Michael McKenry to pose for a selfie, it makes him laugh. - It reminds the Rockies catcher of "The Goonies," where one of the young characters created a device that holds the camera out in front of him. - "When you think about it, he's the one who invented the selfie stick," McKenry said of the kid in...

  • Ramsey blog: LeBron deserved Finals MVP, but surely you already knew that

           It’s official.        Jerry West will forevermore remain the only player who lost in the NBA Finals who managed to win the MVP trophy.        LeBron James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists while willing his Cavaliers to...

  • Klee: Mike Malone presents strong voice as Denver Nuggets coach

    DENVER - It was 1994, and Greg Kampe had an opening for an assistant coach on his basketball staff at Oakland University. The "Bad Boys" were just down the road in Detroit, and Pistons assistant Brendan Malone came to Kampe with a request. "His dad said: 'I'm not asking you to hire my son, just have him in for an interview,'" Kampe said....

  • Klee: Denver Nuggets have a coach, now must earn trust

    DENVER — I want to believe in Mike Malone. When it comes to the Denver Nuggets, any sliver of optimism would be met with birds chirping and leprechauns dancing. But Nuggets ownership makes it awfully tough to believe in their decisions. It doesn't let us have nice things. Team president Josh Kroenke has entered the wishy-washy netherworld of...

  • Denver Nuggets hire new head coach

    DENVER — A person familiar with the decision says the Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement to make Michael Malone their new coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the hiring has yet to be announced. Malone got the job over Melvin Hunt, who served as interim coach after Brian Shaw was...

  • Klee blog: If Kristaps Porzingis played at Kentucky….

    If Kristaps Porzingis had played at Kentucky/Duke/Kansas, he would be the no-brainer No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Karl Anthony-Towns and Jahlil Okafor can't do this. That's nothing against Towns or Okafor. Who was the last prospect who looked like that? Will Porzingis develope into a better player than Towns or Okafor? Who knows?...

  • Nuggets officially bring on board D'Alessandro

    DENVER — The Denver Nuggets officially announced the hiring of Pete D'Alessandro as the senior vice president of business and team operations. President Josh Kroenke said in a release Friday that he looks forward to D'Alessandro's assistance in "creating additional synergy between our business and team operations to help take our organization...

  • Klee blog: Rise of Timofey Mozgov through a Denver Nuggets lens

    With Timofey Mozgov punking Andrew Bogut once more, this time in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the downfall of George Karl again comes into focus. Yes, the decision to move on from Karl was one of arrogance and, ultimately, a precursor to franchise disaster. But two things happened to nudge open the door for Karl's removal. One is the...

  • Klee blog: What does Pete D'Allesandro's return mean for Denver Nuggets?

    This is a good thing, potentially a very good thing, coming at a great time for the Nuggets. Former Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Allesandro is rejoining the Nuggets' front office, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. It was past time to get help. Here was my first thought: The Kings have the sixth pick in the draft, the...

  • AP Source: Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro returning to Nuggets

    A person familiar with the decision says Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro has accepted a front-office position in Denver. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the teams have not formally announced the move. D'Alessandro is expected to work in a support role under Josh Kroenke,...

  • Klee: Denver Nuggets can't afford to miss in June

    DENVER - Friday evening under another soggy sky, the roadies behind the "U2" tour set up a barbecue grill outside Pepsi Center. With speakers and stage equipment still shuffling up the loading dock, the crew wrapped the end of an exhaustive workday with a cheeseburger, maybe three. Meanwhile, in the upstairs practice gym of the same arena,...

  • Klee blog: Something to watch in Nuggets workouts: What's his one thing?

    Even after the Nuggets secured the No. 3 seed after a 57-win regular season, coach George Karl believed they lacked an elite shooter to truly become a championship contender. They still do (along with other pieces, of course). So Devin Booker fits the shooting bill. And even after Ty Lawson has far outperformed his draft...

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