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Nuggets strike multi-year sponsorship deal with Western Union, will include patches on new jerseys
The Nuggets and Western Union have agreed to a three-year sponsorship deal that will result in the company’s logo as a patch on the team’s new jerseys, the Nuggets announced Tuesday. Western Union (NYSE: WU), its global headquarters located in Denver, is the 11th company to sign a jersey sponsorship deal with an NBA team. The league approved the sale of jersey sponsorships last April. A fresh, new look… Coming soon. #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/BW1UNgIcoO — Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) August 1, 2017 Related ArticlesAugust 4, 2017 Nuggets release 2017-18 preseason schedule August 3, 2017 Home at last: Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the Congo, slated to play in 2017 NBA Africa game August 2, 2017 Nuggets hire former NBA player Calvin Booth as new assistant general manager July 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 29, 2017 Kosmider: Should the Nuggets move heaven and flat earth to get Kyrie Irving? Vic Lombardi of Altitude TV, the emcee of Tuesday’s press conference announcing the partnership, said the Nuggets would make another announcement next week as it pertains to new uniforms. Nike has taken over as the league’s new apparel provider and several teams have already unveiled their new Nike jerseys. “We are proud to have this new partnership with Western Union who, like the Nuggets, are Colorado-based but with an incredible international presence,” Kroenke Sports and Entertainment CEO Jim Martin said in a statement. “Being able to better connect with our fans both locally and worldwide is crucial, and combining forces with such a highly regarded global company as Western Union, with its powerful presence and brand, is an affirmation of the significance the NBA and Nuggets have in Colorado, the U.S. and throughout the world.” Said Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek: “It’s exciting to share our support and pride with our community, our customers in Denver, and those around the world who are passionate fans of the game.” As part of the deal, Western Union also will become an official sponsor of the Colorado Rapids beginning in 2018. A Nuggets official said the team would not disclose the financial aspects of the deal with Western Union. The Boston Celtics and General Electric recently agreed to a jersey sponsorship deal worth $7 million annually, according to a Bloomberg report. [...]
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Nuggets release 2017-18 preseason schedule
The Denver Nuggets released their 2017 preseason schedule Friday. The five-game schedule begins Sept. 30 with a visit to Oakland, Calif., to face the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets’ first four contests will be on the road, including consecutive match-ups with the Los Angeles Lakers — Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, respectively — before hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder in their preseason finale on Oct. 10. All five preseason games will be broadcasted live on Altitude 950. Date Opponent Location Time 9/30/2017 @ Golden State Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA 8:30 PM 10/2/2017 @ L.A. Lakers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA (Televised on Altitude TV) 8:30 PM 10/4/2017 @ L.A. Lakers Citizens Bank Arena – Ontario, CA (Televised on Altitude TV) 8:00 PM 10/8/2017 @ San Antonio AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX 2:00 PM 10/10/2017 Oklahoma City Pepsi Center – Denver, CO (Televised on Altitude TV) 7:00 PM Related ArticlesAugust 3, 2017 Home at last: Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the Congo, slated to play in 2017 NBA Africa game August 2, 2017 Nuggets hire former NBA player Calvin Booth as new assistant general manager August 1, 2017 Nuggets strike multi-year sponsorship deal with Western Union, will include patches on new jerseys July 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 29, 2017 Kosmider: Should the Nuggets move heaven and flat earth to get Kyrie Irving? [...]
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#TheGoldenAge: The 1993-94 Nuggets
Christopher Dempsey takes a look back at the magical 1993-94 season. [...]
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Trip To Africa a "Life-Changing" Experience for Emmanuel Mudiay
Mudiay returns after 16 years for NBA Africa Game 2017. [...]
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WNBA players added to NBA Live 18, to be featured in video game for 1st time
Breanna Stewart can now compete against other WNBA players in a video game. NBA Live 18 is adding women’s basketball players to the popular game this fall. It’s the first time players on all 12 WNBA teams will be featured. “It really is cool. For me, I played video games when I was younger, whether it was the NCAA basketball game or 2K,” Stewart said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “To be in a video game, it’s humbling. You see men’s players all the time, but it’s good for women’s basketball to have us in there.” Head scans of WNBA players were conducted over the past year. The developers held motion capture sessions with No. 1 draft pick Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars and others. Veterans Candace Parker and Tina Charles are featured, along with stars Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne. Related ArticlesJuly 22, 2017 Maya Moore leads West past East 130-121 in WNBA All-Star Game The game’s creators fine-tuned player ratings and skill moves. There’s a WNBA play mode where video gamers can pit two WNBA teams against each other with authentic jerseys, rosters and courts. Stewart hopes that her younger brother, who plays video games a lot, will pick her when he plays the game. “I’m going to have to talk to him about this,” she said, laughing. “It’s the first question I’m going to ask him.” The second might be her ranking. Always a bone of contention in other sports games, Stewart is confident EA Sports will get the rankings right. “My rating is going to be important, I’m curious to see what it will be,” she said. “EA Sports will do me right.” San Antonio guard Kayla McBride also hopes her rating is high. She considers herself a gamer, having played NBA Live and Madden Football against her brothers and cousins since she was young. She was pumped to be featured in a game now . “My brother called me so excited this morning saying ‘you’re in a video game!'” McBride said. “We had so many battles when we were younger playing against each other and now we can take it to a whole new level.” McBride said it will be fun to play as other teams in the league since “a true gamer can take anyone to the title.” It’s not the first time EA Sports has added females to its games. FIFA2016 highlighted 12 women’s soccer national teams, including the U.S., to the game in 2015. “It should have happened a while ago,” Stewart said. “They should have given video gamers the option.” South Carolina star A’ja Wilson admits she isn’t really into video games. But she was glad to hear that WNBA players are included, and she may someday be featured the video game. “That’s great, that’s something that’s very positive,” she said at USA Basketball Under-23 training camp in Colorado Springs. “I definitely will be playing video games now. It’s great news and a good step.” Wilson, a senior, will have to wait a year until she makes a WNBA roster. There isn’t a franchise option yet to create players. “We are delighted to collaborate and make history with EA as NBA LIVE 18 becomes the first video game to feature the WNBA’s full roster of teams and players,” said WNBA president Lisa Borders. “With EA’s expertise and ingenuity, the game will provide a terrific platform to showcase the players and the league, enabling fans to experience the WNBA in a new, exciting way.” [...]
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Home at last: Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the Congo, slated to play in 2017 NBA Africa game
It has been 16 years since Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay was home. Born in the war-torn nation of Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mudiay fled for refuge with family at age 5. But he has returned to the African continent for NBA outreach and personal discovery. Mudiay will suit up for Team Africa in the 2017 NBA Africa game, the league’s second-ever game on the continent, on Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa — part of larger efforts to grow basketball globally. And before South Africa, Mudiay was back in the Congo for the first time with his mother and brothers. “It’s been something I always wanted to do, come back here (to the continent),” Mudiay said. “It just makes you appreciate where you come from.” His two weeks in the Congo called for reconnecting with his roots. Mudiay reunited with family and saw his grandfather for the first time in years. He witnessed the life his widowed mother, Therese, left to provide him and his two older brothers a better life in the United States. (She found asylum in the Dallas area in 2001. Emmanuel and his brothers joined her just over a year later). Mudiay also made the trip with Orlando Magic forward Bismack Biyombo, a fellow native of Congo. Biyombo hosted camps for local kids through his foundation. “It’s definitely tougher in Africa than it is in the states, so just to see that was emotional and I just kept asking myself, ‘Where would I have been if I stayed and didn’t get the opportunity in America?’ ” Mudiay said. That opportunity gave Mudiay the chance to shine on the prep basketball scene in Texas, led to a season of pro basketball in China and being the No. 7 selection in the 2015 NBA Draft. But going into his third season in the league, there’s a lot to prove. After a season-and-a-half as a Nuggets starter, Mudiay fell out of the rotation following a return from a back injury in February. His season averages in points (11.0), assists (3.9), steals (0.7) and rebounds (3.2) were all less than his rookie year. Nuggets coach Mike Malone, who is also in Johannesburg for the NBA Africa game, told Mudiay that this offseason is the biggest summer of his life — challenging him to stay in Denver more than the previous year to work with team coaches. He has responded, Malone said, and been “terrific.” Malone believes coming back to the Congo has been a positive experience for Mudiay too. The guard showed Malone a video of him hiking to see silverback gorillas in the jungles of his native country. Related ArticlesAugust 2, 2017 Nuggets hire former NBA player Calvin Booth as new assistant general manager August 1, 2017 Nuggets strike multi-year sponsorship deal with Western Union, will include patches on new jerseys July 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 29, 2017 Kosmider: Should the Nuggets move heaven and flat earth to get Kyrie Irving? July 29, 2017 Kickin’ it with Kiz: Should Nuggets give up Jamal Murray, Gary Harris to get all-star guard Kyrie Irving? “I think anytime you’re able to come back to your roots and reconnect with where you’re from and the people that helped shape you when you were youngsters, there’s gotta be something taken from that experience,” Malone said. “Does that translate on the court? I’m not sure, but I could just look at Emmanuel and see how much he is enjoying himself.” Training camp looms less than two months away. But it’s one day at a time for the Nuggets guard. The ups and downs of his first two NBA seasons have taught him to be himself. That’s what Mudiay wants to get back to in 2017-18. “The way I’m approaching this season is not thinking too much and just being myself regardless of what happens, not trying to please nobody,” Mudiay said. “(Returning to the Congo will) help me to an extent, but at the same time, I’m always just going to be me.” [...]
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Denver Nuggets and Western Union Announce Multi-Year Sponsorship in the Mile High City
The Denver Nuggets and The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) today announced a sponsorship agreement that pairs one of the leading global [...]
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Nuggets hire former NBA player Calvin Booth as new assistant general manager
Jonathan Daniel, Getty ImagesCalvin Booth #52 of the Washington Wizards lays in a shot over Damir Markota #52 of the Milwaukee Bucks on April 1, 2007 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Booth was hired by the Denver Nuggets as assistant GM on Wednesday. The Nuggets have hired former NBA journeyman Calvin Booth as their new assistant general manager, the Associated Press reported. Booth joins the Nuggets from Minnesota, where he served as the director of player personnel for the Timberwolves last season. He worked in various front-office roles for a total of four seasons in Minnesota. Booth is moving into a position that was vacated in Denver when former assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas was promoted to GM and former GM Tim Connelly was promoted to president of basketball operations. The 6-foot-11 Booth averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game during a career in which he played for eight teams in 10 seasons. He ended his playing career in 2009. Related ArticlesAugust 1, 2017 Nuggets strike multi-year sponsorship deal with Western Union, will include patches on new jerseys July 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 29, 2017 Kosmider: Should the Nuggets move heaven and flat earth to get Kyrie Irving? July 29, 2017 Kickin’ it with Kiz: Should Nuggets give up Jamal Murray, Gary Harris to get all-star guard Kyrie Irving? July 21, 2017 Nuggets sign second-round pick Monte Morris to two-way contract   [...]
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Jenkins: Having accomplished nothing on his own, LaVar Ball goes a familiar route
What does LaVar Ball do for a living? What is his job? Does he have any work, apart from putting his kids’ feet up for sale? What does he do with his days, other than live off the sweat of his sons? Free prizes to anyone who can answer the question: What has LaVar Ball ever done? You’ve known this man before. You’ve watched him in other sports, huckstering his prodigies, heard him braying and taking credit for their gifts, like he personally engineered their molecular DNA. As if the children and their mother had little or nothing to do with his brilliant science project. You’ve seen him at tennis matches, and on pool decks, and in football stadiums, talking overly loud while youngsters stand at his side, sweetly meek and strangely quiet, and that’s why you know how this story ends. It ends with the kids paying a price. Ball displays no discernible talent for anything other than replicating himself and injecting his failed ambitions into his handsome offspring, Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo. As a player he averaged just 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds and couldn’t even make his free throws (he shot 40 percent) in a single season at Washington State before dropping down to Division II, and he didn’t hang any banners there either. Here’s how desperate he was to be an athlete of some kind: After he was done with basketball, he shifted to football. He returned a few kicks for the London Monarchs, and was still hanging around as a practice squad player for the Carolina Panthers in 1996. He never played an actual down in the NFL, which provoked the following lyric from Shaquille O’Neal’s diss track: “Dudes talking loud, I don’t understand/Walking around like they the true Big Baller Brand.” Maybe the fact that he has never been in charge of anything is why he has to act like he’s in charge of everything. As an AAU coach, he marches around acting as silly as a field marshal giving orders to ducklings. At the Adidas Uprising Summer Tournament in Las Vegas this week he drew a technical foul, demanded the female ref who gave it to him be removed, then got a second technical and refused to leave the court, costing his team the game. Afterward, he said the woman ref needed to “stay in her lane,” and “She got caught in a bad place messing with me.” Which wasn’t even close to the most embarrassing thing he said. That came when the man who has never done anything in his own right, whose supreme achievement in life is that he once got to change clothes at a New York Jets practice squad locker, had the nerve to add, “She ain’t got enough on her résumé.” LaVar Ball’s act has never been just harmless hype. It’s not just posturing and bluster and promotion, but rather the uncontrolled power surge of a man who needs to matter — so much that he wrecked a high school summer tournament for boys. He simply isn’t willing to stand aside in his sons’ careers and let things happen without him, and his say-so. It’s possible that Ball is indeed a new marketing genius who will create a mini-talent agency and merchandise empire out of his three Big Baller sons. His unmet demands for a $1 billion deal from a shoe company, and creation of a $495 sneaker, may be an overreach — or it may be an attempt to secure proprietary rights rather than ceding control and the lions’ share of cash-in on his sons to manufacturers. Nothing wrong with that, if you can make it work. The problem is that it sets up a lousy dynamic. Lonzo Ball is a rookie with the Lakers, LiAngelo is about to be a freshman at UCLA, and LaMelo is 15. What happens when one of them wants to say “No”? Then there is the secondary question: Are adulation and money enough compensation for playing out your adolescences and family dramas in TMZ? When the children become the main breadwinners in a family, and the parents go on the payroll, things get weird, whether you’re talking about Hollywood or the NBA or the tennis tour. What if LiAngelo decides he’d rather not work out? What if LaMelo burns out? What if Lonzo decides he needs different representation? When does the business relationship switch off, and the family relationship switch on? At the Thanksgiving table? Exactly how much unqualified support can a father offer to a son when there’s a signature sneaker brand on the line? Related ArticlesAugust 1, 2017 Jordan on LaVar Ball: He couldn’t beat me if I was 1-legged July 30, 2017 Danilo Gallinari breaks bone in hand while punching opponent in head July 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 26, 2017 Chauncey Billups: Kyrie Irving trade request no surprise after “due diligence” on Cavaliers July 25, 2017 [...]
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#TheGoldenAge: Alex English
The jumper stands out. Long from head to toe, Alex English released the shot – always – at its apex. [...]
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Jordan on LaVar Ball: He couldn’t beat me if I was 1-legged
Michael Jordan finally issued his response to LaVar Ball’s bravado. “I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged,” Jordan said. Ball, the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, previously said he would beat Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 back in his prime. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest player ever, had held his tongue on a response — at least for a while. BayAreaHQ.com posted a video Monday of Jordan talking to campers at his summer youth basketball camp in Santa Barbara, California. “You’ve got to understand the source,” Jordan said when asked about Ball. “He played, I think, college. … maybe? He averaged 2.2 points per game. Really?” Ball played one season at Washington State. [...]
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Danilo Gallinari breaks bone in hand while punching opponent in head
Danilo Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers will miss the EuroBasket tournament after breaking a bone in his hand while playing for Italy. Video showed Gallinari throwing a punch and striking an opponent in the head Sunday as the Italians played an exhibition game against the Netherlands for the upcoming tournament. The Italian federation wrote on Twitter that Gallinari fractured the first metacarpal on his right hand and that the estimated recovery time was 40 days. That should have the forward back in time for his first training camp with the Clippers, who acquired him from Denver in a three-way trade that included Atlanta. Related ArticlesJuly 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 26, 2017 Chauncey Billups: Kyrie Irving trade request no surprise after “due diligence” on Cavaliers July 25, 2017 Derrick Rose signs 1-year contract with Cleveland Cavaliers July 24, 2017 Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavaliers, per AP source July 24, 2017 Cavaliers name Koby Altman full-time general manager [...]
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Kickin’ it with Kiz: Should Nuggets give up Jamal Murray, Gary Harris to get all-star guard Kyrie Irving?
Why haven’t the Nuggets reached out to try and get Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving in trade? The Nuggets have claimed for years they have the assets to make a legitimate offer for a player that’s not only one of the best point guards in the NBA, but a position of dire need for the Nuggets. Why couldn’t Denver offer Gary Harris (or Emmanuel Mudiay), Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and a couple future draft picks to make a better package than anything Cleveland would get offered by anyone else? Dustin, wheeler-dealer Kiz: If money talks, signing Paul Millsap for $60 million guaranteed over the course of two years was a win-now move. So it only makes sense the Nuggets should get a bid in for Kyrie Irving, already an NBA all-star four times at age 25. But here’s the rub: I plugged in Wilson Chandler, Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris into the NBA trade machine, which said that deal is a salary-cap fit for Irving. The problem? I see no way the Cavaliers find that deal attractive. To get Irving, the Nuggets would probably have to give up Jamal Murray and Harris. The chances of that happening? Slim and none. Why would the Rockies be looking for a catcher at the trade deadline? What about a shortstop? Trevor Story is gosh-awful at the plate, while Colorado’s catchers seem to be handling the pitching staff pretty well. Branson, keeping it real Kiz: Brendan Rodgers, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2015, figures to be the starting shortstop in Coors Field by 2019. So here’s guessing Story will be trade bait at some point during the next two years. But the young Colorado pitching staff could use the steady hand of a veteran catcher (Alex Avila?) right now. Kiz, you’re the entire reason, in fact the only reason, I read The Denver Post, which I delivered as a kid. When I read your stuff, I think: “He’s way smarter than a sports writer. Why is he wasting his time on sports jerks?” It seems like I should be reading you in a national publication, because you’re another Frank Deford or Rick Reilly. Paul, much too kind Kiz: The only place where I will ever be 10 percent as talented as the late, great Mr. Deford or 20 percent as rich as Mr. Reilly? My dreams. With the loss of Broncos linebacker Shane Ray to injury, I’m now more worried about the defense than who starts at quarterback. It really feels like an 8-8 season. No buzz. Connie, concerned citizen Related ArticlesJuly 30, 2017 Broncos LB Brandon Marshall enjoying side gig as Nuggets’ pitch man July 29, 2017 Kosmider: Should the Nuggets move heaven and flat earth to get Kyrie Irving? July 21, 2017 Nuggets sign second-round pick Monte Morris to two-way contract July 19, 2017 Doug Overton, former Nuggets guard accused of exposing self, enters plea July 18, 2017 Kiszla: Who’s the biggest winner in Denver from the Paul Millsap signing? Answer might surprise you. Kiz: The Broncos could have drafted Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster at No. 20 in the first round. They will regret it. And today’s parting shot is from a savvy reader that has noticed some members of the media seem to let fondness for Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch influence their reporting of the Broncos’ quarterback competition. If I were a sports journalist, I would root for the guy that gives better sound bites and buys the first drink. Gabriel, Waterloo, Iowa [...]
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