Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets is a National Basketball Association team that is located in Denver. They are a charter member of the American Basketball Association and had to struggle in its initial seasons and were unsuccessful in bagging a championship title. It is amongst the seven teams that are included in the Midwest Division of the West Conference of the National Basketball Association. They play at the Pepsi Center in Denver wearing gold, red and blue colored uniforms.
They had a very strong lineup that initially featured Byron Beck and Larry Jones and later featured Beck and Ralph Simpson. The contentious rookie that is Spencer Haywood became a member of the team in the late 60’s. Haywood is amongst the first few players who became professional before they graduated from college. Owing to this NBA in the start had disapproved of letting him play in the team. He had an average of 30 points and almost 20 rebounds per game in the ABA season. He later signed a contract with the Seattle Supersonics and from there successfully made it to NBA.
They were earlier known as the Denver Rockets that made its entry in the American Basketball Association in 1967. Under the supervision of their head coach they were rated as one of the best ABA teams of that season having posted 65 wins. Before inclusion in NBA in 1974 a contest was held for choosing a new name for the franchise which led to the name Nuggets. It was the name of a former NBA franchise. The design of their logo showed the discovery of a ball by a miner.
Things were not looking very bright for the Nuggets’ in the late 80’s and the early 90’s as they could not make it to the postseason for three straight years. In the 2004-2005 season the team managed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in 9 years. Their coach of that time posted a 13-15 record and was fired. The coach hired in his place did not yield any successful results either and posted a record of 4-14. This led to the appointment of George Karl who was a renowned coach with an impressive track record.
The new coach Karl gave instant results and the team won five of their six matches that followed the hire. Things kept getting better and the team won 25 of 29 games and made it to the playoffs with a record of 49-33.  in the playoffs they won the first game but collapsed to the San Antonio Spurs and lost the next four games and posted a 4-1 series record.
Some of the talented players featured by the team at that time were Hall of Famers namely Alex English, Dan Issel and David Thompson. Amongst other players Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Michael Adams, Mutombo and Earl Watson are worth a mention. Present players in the Nuggets team include Carmelo Anthony, Andre Miller, Greg Buckner, Marcus Camby, and Kenyon Martin.
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