Let’s make this short and sweet: You love the Nuggets. We love the Nuggets. The only difference is that we take all the frustrating, ecstatic, befuddled, dogmatic thoughts that float around in our heads all year round and turn them into words for you to optically digest and hopefully enjoy. We try our best for these words to make sense, for them to tell you things about the Nuggets that transform you into a more informed fan; and though we don’t always succeed we certainly appreciate you giving us a chance. So on behalf of all our writers here at Roundball Mining Company, I’d like to thank you, the readers, for making our site what it is today. If we knew there was nobody out there reading our verbose rants and neurotic raves, we wouldn’t be doing this. And we really, really like to do this. So basically, in a roundabout way, you make this happen. Though your fingers aren’t typing, and though your brains aren’t going completely maniacal over that very typing, it’s your collective conscious (aka, Nuggets Nation) that’s always on our minds when we do this. So again, thank you for reading — and in a weird way, writing as well. And as always, Go Nuggets!!!
Much has been made of Brian Shaw’s decision on Monday night to allow Timofey Mozgov to attempt a game winning three. In what has become a lost season for the Nuggets it was a chance to steal a game against a potential playoff team and it was thrown away before anyone, including the Grizzlies, really had any idea what was going on.
I thought long and hard about what exactly Shaw’s motive was with the shot and came up empty. Until the other night when I was visited in my dreams by the ghost of Mozgov future and shown what would have happened if big Mozzy made the shot.
The following is the account of that trip. (That never actually happened. Seriously I’m not crazy).
According to a report by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports Andre Miller has expressed to the Nuggets that he wants nothing to do with returning to the team.
Spears talked to sources close to Miller who made it clear the decision is final.
“The vibe is delusional,” the source said. “It’s a burned bridge. No reconciliation. He’s waiting by the door with his bag already packed. The relationship is irreparable. Under no circumstances does he want to come back to Denver.
Apparently the Nuggets were looking to bring Miller back into the fold after the injuries to Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson despite the fact head coach Brian Shaw had no interest in Professor Miller’s return after the fireworks which led to his banishment.
Miller has been staying in shape with nighttime workouts at the team facilities which have been watched at times by general manager Tim Connelly.
Miller still wants to be traded and with Denver out of roster spaces and point guards it seems likely to happen by Thursday’s trade deadline.
Stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company for more news on Miller and the Nuggets as the trade deadline draws closer.
In news I predicted yesterday Ty Lawson was not named a 2013 Western Conference All-Star.
Lawson was beat out by Damian Lilliard, Chris Paul, Tony Parker and James Harden in a vote done by NBA coaches.
It is hard to make a great case for Lawson being in over any of those guys as the Nuggets are behind each player’s team in the Western Conference standings and each player has had a spectacular year. Paul will be the player that many Nuggets’ fans disagree with but when healthy he has been the one player that constantly finds himself on the top of Lawson in almost every stat, advanced stat and Sports Vu stat.
Lawson probably won’t be taken as an injury replacement either, as Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Goran Dragic and Mike Conley all probably are more deserving for their great work this season. In fact Davis and Cousins became the only players since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to not make the roster after posting PERs over 26.
Lawson and the Nuggets will now turn their focus to the rest of the season as they battle their way towards the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
What are your thoughts on the choices? Did Lawson get snubbed? If so who should he have made it over? Let us know in the comments below.
Before NBA action starts on Thursday night, the reserves for the 2014 All Star Game will be announced and debated over and over and over again.
This season those announcements actually will have something to watch for Nuggets fans for the first time since Chauncey Billups was named an injury replacement in the 2009-2010 season, as Ty Lawson has placed himself in the conversation thanks to a stellar first half of the season.
Things won’t be easy for Lawson though as the Western Conference is stacked with worthy players and may be minus a deserved roster spot due to the fans voting Kobe Bryant as a starter in the game, as it has been rumored that Kobe may play just a few minutes in the game for fear of a fine if he has returned by that time of the season.
So with the decision looming it is time to take a look into Lawson’s candidacy.
We are almost halfway through the 82-game marathon that is the NBA regular season and the Denver Nuggets sit with a 20-18 record, just outside of a spot in the playoffs. This year has had its ups and downs. During some stretches of the season the Nuggets have looked like a serious playoff contender, capable of becoming an interesting team to watch when postseason rolls around. At other times, Denver has gone through extended periods of mediocre play and looked like a lottery team. Which team will we see over the second part of the regular season? The schedule would indicate the latter.
At 16-17 with a seven game winning streak and an eight game losing streak to their names so far this season it is hard to see the 2013-2014 version of the Nuggets as anything more than a confusing inconsistent and mildly talented collection of basketball players.
When things go well and shots fall the Nuggets win, when they don’t and Denver turns the ball over, they lose. Through the first 33 games of the season it has become clear that Ty Lawson is far and away the best and most important player currently healthy on the Denver roster, meaning it seems like the play of Lawson more than anybody determines if the Nuggets will win or lose a game.
But a deeper looking into the win/loss splits of the main nine rotation players for Denver this year (Lawson, Randy Foye, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, JJ Hickson, Nate Robinson, Jordan Hamilton, Darrell Arthur and Timofey Mozgov) show that there are actually a few other players that make more of a difference in win or loss than Lawson. Below is a quick breakdown of some interesting splits for each of those nine players.
Winning in the NBA isn’t an easy task. Even games against bad teams can swing on a single play, a made jumper or bad bounce on a deflection that leads to a run out.
So continuously getting off to bad starts is something that teams should want to avoid. Unfortunately for the Nuggets in the past nine games that isn’t something they have been avoiding, thanks to a porous defense that allows just about everyone to blitz them to start games.
Against the Jazz, a team that is getting better but is still bad, the Nuggets gave up 18 points in the first 4:33 of the game. Brian Shaw hinted after that game that he had thoughts about changing the starting lineup to halt those early game problems, but in the two games following that contest the starters have stayed the same and in both games Denver trailed after a quarter because they allowed their opponents to get off to hot offensive starts.
It is time for Shaw to make the change. Luckily for him there are two good options to do so.
I was going to try and write something tonight, but I’ve decided not to. I’ve decided Grantland’s Zach Lowe has written an article that is probably a lot better than any I would have composed. So, if I were you, I’d read it — if you haven’t already. And if you have, perhaps you’d like to read it again. Lowe extracts some great quotes from different Nuggets’ sources and does an exceptional job of summarizing where the Nuggets are in their development under Brian Shaw and where they’re trying to go in the future with Tim Connelly as GM. So read it. Do it. Now.
Last night ESPN’s Marc Stein talked to a bunch of scouts to get their takes on a lot of NBA early season happenings for Stein Line Live.
Stein talked to an Eastern Conference scout on why the Nuggets turnaround has happened. The answer was mostly that Denver was running again, though the part that sticks out most is the scout’s take on JaVale McGee.
Kenneth Faried turns 24 today, and in celebration of the Manimal’s birthday Roundball Mining Company is proud to announce our first giveaway contest on Twitter. Thanks to adidas Basketball and Dick’s Sporting Goods, we are giving two lucky readers a chance to win an adidas Crazy Ghost signed by Kenneth Faried.
While Faried finds himself the subject of trade rumors after a rocky start to the season, he remains one of the most energetic and exciting power forwards in the NBA. As Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post noted early this season, Faried has also turned himself into one of the most marketable young talents in the league. The Manimal will star in Disney’s “Pranksgiving” television show this month and he is a featured athlete for adidas, which just launched the new Crazy Ghost shoe in a special Faried Nuggets colorway.
Courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and adidas Basketball, we are giving away TWO Crazy Ghosts signed by Kenneth Faried. There are three simple steps to entering:
1) Have a valid USA mailing address (apologies to our international readers)
2) Retweet the following tweet and follow @RoundballMining, @adidasHoops and @DICKS
— Roundball Mining Co. (@RoundballMining) November 20, 2013
3) Leave a comment below about Kenneth Faried, followed by your Twitter handle. Anything goes – your best memory of Faried as a Nugget or your worst.
Voting will run until 9:00PM MST Sunday, November 24th. Two winners will be chosen at random from the Twitter handles left in the comments here. We will contact the winners on Twitter after the voting closes Sunday night.
Happy birthday to the Manimal! Here’s to many more in the blue and yellow! – @Nuggetsfan35
Crazy Ghost features the Crazyquick outsole traction system – adidas’ latest performance innovation – to provide maximum control and flexibility for quick moves on the court. The redesigned three-layer SPRINTWEB reduces weight and enhances breathability while an internal fit system provides optimal foot lock-down during cuts and breakaways. The herringbone print on the collar and the anodized synthetic on the toe contrast for a stylized look.
The Crazy Ghost takes the court this season with Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans) and Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 19) at 10 p.m. EST, HBO’s award-winning sports journalism show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will feature a segment on Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw. As many Nuggets fans are aware, Shaw experienced a summer from hell in 1993 when his mother, father and sister were killed in a car accident. Then, a month later, Shaw’s best friend Reggie Lewis died of cardiac arrest. Real Sports is just about the last bastion of sports journalism on TV, and an excellent show in general, so be sure to tune in and support Brian Shaw in the process!
Through the first two games of the season plenty of things have gone wrong for the Nuggets. They can’t seem to consistently score in the half court, their shot chart looks almost the exact opposite of what teams should strive for, and their defense can’t stop any opposing big man.
But possibly the worst problem the Nuggets have had through two games has been their “defense” of the three pointer. The Kings and Blazers went a combined 22 of 43 on three point attempts, good for 51 percent shooting and Denver is lucky that things are only that bad.
I went back and watched video of every three pointer that Denver has allowed this season and charted them in an attempt to see where the biggest problems were.
I don’t often use the term “must-see TV,” being that contemporary television mostly consists of pregnant teens, plastic housewives and half-ton parents, but this is as close as it gets. Do yourself a favor, set aside 15 minutes of your day and watch this. It’s also worth noting that Bill Simmons is pretty spot on with this analysis of the Nuggets’ tumultuous offseason.
For years I’ve be fascinated with the amount of Nuggets fans I’ve encountered who hail from Australia. Given the relative population of Australia compared to the rest of the world, it’s always seemed like abnormally large number. So, after a long period of distant admiration, I finally decided to reach out to some of these fans from Down Under to get a better understanding of how they became Nuggets fans — of all things. Here is their story…