I was hopeful that the short-handed Nuggets would pull it together on the day after the trade. They played the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that they are battling for a playoff spot. I watched and I was very pleased - they hustled, they played great defense, they ran the fast break, and most importantly, they played team ball. On nearly every possession, there were 2,3, or 4 passes, working toward the best shot. They shared the ball, and were up by 30 at one point in the game. Awesome. It will be interesting if the talent that had been in Melo's shadow will emerge as a team rather than a group of individuals. Coach Karl has the ability to do this and no longer has to watch helplessly as an anointed one plays his own game.
I may actually watch them now.
Newly-acquired Denver Nuggets (from left) Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov are cheered as they watch their new team defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.
ADDED NOTE: I submitted this as a Letter to the Editor of the Boulder Daily Camera, and they actually published it!! http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_17474829