Denver Nuggets’ History
The Original Denver Nuggets were created in 1948 as part of the NBL. The next year the NBL merged with the NBA and the Nuggets spent a year in the NBA before the franchise folded the following year. Denver did not get a basketball team again until the Rockets joined the ABA in 1967. In 1974 Rockets changed their name to the Nuggets in anticipation of the ABA joining the NBA two years later. Over the Nuggets’ history they have had many successful seasons but have never won an NBA championship. Despite no rings for any Denver teams, they still had some great players like Alex English, David Thompson, and Dan Issel. While these hall of famers may not be familiar names to some, the Nuggets have had more recent stars for Denver to watch like Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony.
The Nuggets’ Ownership
Throughout the Nuggets history, they have encountered some rough patches in the franchise’s ownership. In the 1990’s the team changed hands several times and in the process made many team transactions very difficult. The current owner of the Nuggets is Josh Kroenke, son of former owner Stan Kroenke. Stan owned the team until NFL rules prohibited him from owning both the Nuggets and St. Louis Rams, so while Stan is not technically the owner it is reasonable to think that he still has some input on the franchise. The Denver owners have recently been very quite and stayed out of the media spotlight. Stan Kroenke should be favored at least with Nuggets’ fans since he has signed a trust to guarantee the team will stay in Denver at least until 2025.
NBA Denver Nuggets Basketball Arena
The Nuggets play their home games at the Pepsi Center, also known as the Can after its sponsor’s business. The Pepsi Center is also home to the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. Before playing in the Pepsi Center the Nuggets played in the Denver Auditorium Arena and the McNichols Sports Arena and did not make the move to their current home until 1999.
Denver Nuggets’ Fan Base
Nuggets fans love packing the Pepsi Arena to the brim with 19,155 fans to watch their team defend home court. While their attendance numbers are not the highest in the NBA, the stadium is still full for big games. As the Nuggets franchise appears to be improving the fan base should also strengthen and the Pepsi center should see more sellouts as the season goes on.
Denver’s Basketball Coaching
The Nuggets have had some great coaches over their history. The hall of fame coach Larry Brown made a stop in Denver fairly early in his career. Denver’s all-time wins leader Doug Moe coached the team soon after, tallying 432 career wins. Moe is the only coach to have his name in the rafters in the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets current coach is George Karl. Karl has done a great job getting the Nuggets to the playoffs very consistently, however his teams tend to struggle in the playoffs. While many NBA franchises would not keep a coach who has trouble in the playoffs, the Nuggets have proved their faith in Karl. Karl has had success with other teams in the playoffs so it seems that Denver is willing to wait for him to work his magic.
Denver Nuggets’ Basketball NBA Betting
Denver has made prior to coach Karl coming to the city and ever since he has been the leader of the team. Even though the Western Conference has grown to be a very difficult conference the Nuggets have grown with it, becoming a dangerous team in a deep conference. Not only is the Nuggets’ conference strong, but also they may be in the most formidable division in the NBA. It will be extremely difficult for the Nuggets to win a division that includes the OKC Thunder, Utah Jazz, and two young emerging teams in the Portland Trailblazers and Minnesota Timberwolves. While the odds to win the Northwest may be lower than that of OKC for the foreseeable future, the Nuggets figure to consistently be in the mix and challenge for the division annually.