Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets watches his team during the second quarter of action against the Charlotte Hornets. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Charlotte Hornets at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, January 31, 2015. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)Stop me when this starts to sound familiar.
A fourth-quarter huddle late in the Nuggets’ 104-82 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday broke with this phrase: “1-2-3 … six weeks!”
As in six weeks to go until the end of the season. That’s 24 games, 46 days and 1,152 minutes away.
Tax day, April 15, is getaway day: the last day of the Nuggets’ season. Rest assured, there are players who are already counting.
And if by now you’ve already connected the dots to the similarity with Nick Van Exel’s infamous “1-2-3 … Cancun!” in 1998, you win the Showcase Showdown.
Hey, no one said the Nuggets who uttered the new millennium version of that were original.
Van Exel, who yelled his chant at the end of a practice during a Western Conference finals in which the Los Angeles Lakers were being swept by Utah, insisted it was a joke.
“Everyone who was in that locker room with me knows I’d never give up on the team,” Van Exel later told reporters. “But finger pointing happens. I never meant anything wrong.”
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The Lakers found it so funny, one month after those words were uttered they shipped Van Exel to the Nuggets for Tyronn Lue and Tony Battie. So it was oddly fitting that at least a few of these Nuggets, in one very disrespectful moment, at the end of another blowout loss, against Utah, channeled their inner Van Exel.
Make no mistake, the last few weeks of this season are going to be difficult.
The Nuggets are careening to their worst record since before the Carmelo Anthony era. The Nuggets went 17-65 in the 2002-03 season, and that enabled them to draft Anthony. While the hope among many fans is that all the pain being endured this season leads to a similar result, there are still a lot … – Click Here To Visit Article Source