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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: 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Klee: Air Force's Ben Garland changing the storyline with Broncos

    DENVER - This is mission impossible, trying to get Ben Garland to talk about himself. That time the Denver Broncos held a benefit for victims of the Aurora theater shootings and Garland showed up unannounced? "Service before self," he says. Hosting a Make-A-Wish visit at Dove Valley, decorating cookies at Denver Rescue Mission, hugging his...

  • Friday Faceoff: Who is better: LeBron James or Michael Jordan?

    Gazette columnists Paul Klee and David Ramsey debate the question.

  • LeBron nearing 'greatest' status

    Who's Better: LeBron James or Michael Jordan?

  • Klee: All we ask, Rockies: Just keep it interesting

    DENVER - This is all we ask, for now. It's not a World Series parade in even years, like the Giants. It's not pouncing on Bryce Harper as soon as he's a free man, like the Yankees. Sure, those things would be dandy, but it's none of that. Just show us something. Show signs of progress, signs of change, signs that Blake Street isn't again...

  • Klee: Air Force, CU, CSU football catch fire with wide receivers

    DENVER - Does the best wide receiver in college football play for Colorado State? "Ohhh, you're going there!" CSU assistant Alvis Whitted says with a booming laugh. Go big or go home, coach. I'm going there. "The best wide receiver in the country? I can't say that." But then he does. "Me being biased? Yes. Rashard Higgins is the best...