Tagged: Allen Iverson

It’s not that hard with a real point guard

11/8/08   This Blog entry can also be viewed at:  RPR Bleacher Report , check it out.

Michael Jordan_Baseball[1].JPGExcept for Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson is my favorite NBA player. I’ve followed him since he was a 76er, and I was elated when he became a Denver Nugget.

He single-handedly renewed my interest in Nuggets basketball. I respect Allen Iverson for a lot of reasons, the main two being his heart and his height.

allen-iverson-picture-1.jpgIverson is the same size as me. There have been a lot of great players under six foot tall, but every time I see Iverson on the court I’m reminded that anyone can get off to a bad start in their life
beer_is_the_answer.jpgand turn it around. I’m also reminded that a players height is not near as much a factor as heart is.

At the time Iverson arrived in Denver he was “The Answer” to Denvers questions. 

The Nuggets needed him, Denver needed him and believe it or not, Mello needed him.

Now he’s gone, off to Detroit.  I was able to see his last game as a

Lucky.jpgDenver Nugget live. I snagged a picture of AI’s last foul shot as a Denver Nugget right as the ball entered the basket.


At the time, I didn’t know it would be his last foul shot. I guess I just got lucky.



I love this picture below. Good Luck Allen Iverson. Thanks for the solid play…D
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Welcome Back.jpgWelcome back to Denver Chauncey Billups. Finally, a real point guard. 

Chauncey is a Colorado native. He attended George Washington High School in Denver Colorado, and played College ball at the University of Colorado.

CU.jpgHis number 4 was retired in a Ceremony at the U of C in 2004. 

That same year Billups won the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists per game. 

He was a Nugget from 1999-2000 averaging 13.9 PPG in 98-99 with 45 games played and 8.6 PPG
School History Lesson.jpgin 99-00 with only 13 games played due to an injury.

Ok the history lesson is done. Originally I was a little unsettled with this trade. But, the more I think about it, the more I like the change up. My main complaint after watching the first game live was that nothing seemed different. 

That’s not the case anymore. I kept thinking to myself, if Chauncey can pull his 12 points a game (or more), and JR Smith, Nene, Anthony Carter can step it up a few notches . This really could work.

Friday night was the test.

                          Dallas Mavericks vs the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Arena, Denver

AluminumCan.jpg Aluminum cans don’t really burn, and that’s a good thing because the crowd inside “The Can” last night were lit up. They were excited about seeing former Nugget,Chauncey Billups return to Denver and showed it by giving him a rousing ovation. 

The game ball was hand delivered by Champ Baily wearing
John Elway 12.jpgChauncey’s #7 Jersey. The number Billups chose in honor of John Elway. 

Good move Chauncey. Can’t go wrong with Elway in Denver.

There was also a video tribute to him with fans and Alumni welcoming him back at the end of the first quarter. That was a nice touch.

The Nuggets got off to a slow start, Billups missed his first three-point attempt, but made his first two pointer. Carmello Anthony seemed frazzled missing one jump shot after another.



(I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-Shirt. I didn’t do the minnow shot, that’s nasty)—–>

By halftime, the the Nuggets were down by one with a score of 49-48. 

Chauncey was 1 of 7 with five points. The Nuggets had given up 14 offensive rebounds. 

Nene provided 13 points and I can’t tell you how cool it was to see this big guy finally penetrating, doing his thing,  and putting up some numbers.

Linas_Kleiza11.jpgLinus Kleiza “”the L train” (that’s a dumb nickname, he could do a lot better), was impressive with his 10 points off the bench. I sure wish the “train” was a little more predictable. Too bad nothing rhymes with Kleiza. 

carmelo_anthony11.jpgCarmello Anthony had 8 points, JR Smith with 6 and Anthony Carter had 2.  

It seemed the Nuggets had no focus, there were a LOT of missed opportunities.

I was thinking to myself, it’s ok, the Nuggets are just learning how to adjust to their new teammate, and he to them. I was anxious and needed to see that pure point guard magic from Billlups that the Nuggets so desperately need.

Nuggets started to groove in the second half, Anthony came alive scoring 20 points, and hitting four free throws in the final seconds.

chauncey face.jpgHere’s a Comment from Chauncey Billups after the game about Carmello, “Mello, of course, is pretty much unstoppable, We’ve got a lot of weapons. I think if we can lock in and get everyone on the same page we can be dangerous.’

I call it gelling. But he’s right.

Billups finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Carmello scores 28, Nene finishes with an impressive 19 points and JR Smith hits 15. Impressive numbers for all of them.

        Final Score Nuggets 108, Mavericks 105.

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Props to Jason Kidd (seen here chillin in the bath).

You got to love this dude’s play. He finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He even made it interesting near the end.

 Had he made his last free throw it would have tied the game and possibly went into overtime.

Sorry, better luck next time Kidd. Make sure you wash behind your ears !


Life instructions1.JPGNuggets don’t want the world, they just want to be happy,(legalizing pot in Denver wasn’t enough). 

The Pepsi Arena was sold out last night and I know what I saw. I was witnessing the beginnings of a new Denver Nuggets.

 A team very much in its infancy, yet so packed full of talent, the big bang inevitable. 

George Karl, you’ve got the pieces, now lets get this weapon assembled and aimed in the right direction as quickly as possible. You could use the career boost (it’s not like your second in command is a slouch) and Carmello could use the job security. Nobody remembers a loser.old_fashioned_grits.jpg




 Thank you Chauncey, all it took was some grits and determination from a good old fashioned point guard. Something Denver’s needed for a while now. 

The Nuggets new season has now officially begun….D
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Goodbye AI….sigh


ClarifySimplifyImplement.gifI felt the need to simplify things so I dropped the postseason from my blog title and from here on out my blog will be known as the Rockpile Rant.

Also, I’m not going to stress myself out looking for baseball tidbits to blog about during the post season.

While I’m waiting for spring training, I will be blogging about anything and everything. Some baseball, some basketball, current events and everyday crap.

So I thought it appropriate to start things off with a fart story. Gotta love toilet humor.

No Farting1.JPGCan you believe this?

9/28/08          DUDE FARTS ON POLICE

A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

Jose A. Cruz, 34, of Clarksburg, was pulled over early Tuesday for driving without headlights, police said. According to the criminal complaint, Cruz smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and failed three field sobriety tests before he was handcuffed and taken to a police station for a breathalyzer test.

As Patrolman T.E. Parsons prepared the machine,funny-farting-joke-toxic-fumes-from-diaper.jpg Cruz scooted his chair toward Parsons, lifted his leg and “passed gas loudly,” the complaint said. Cruz, according to complaint, then fanned the gas toward the officer.

“The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature with Patrolman Parsons,” the complaint alleged.  He was also charged with driving under the influence, driving without headlights and two counts of obstruction.

Cruz acknowledged passing gas, but said he didn’t move his chair toward the officer nor aim gas at the patrolman. He said he had an upset stomach at the time, but police denied his request to go to the bathroom when he first arrived at the station.  “I couldn’t hold it no more,” he said.

Drunk cat1.JPGHe also denied being drunk and uncooperative as the police complaint alleged. He added he was upset at being prepared for a breathalyzer test while having an asthma attack.

The police statement said he later resisted being secured for a trip to a hospital that he requested for asthma treatment.



Cruz said the officers thought the gas incident was funny when it happened and laughed about it with him. 

I wonder if he had visited taco bell to get that free World Series taco??






I thought this was a cool snaggin T-Shirt.  





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          Tomorrow is the Election and I am still undecided. I’m not sure I believe all the Obama hype. Plus how many brotha’s do you know that can’t dance.
Funny obama.jpg                                   Do you think McCain will make four years?
I’m not sure I want Peggy Hill running the country






Do you?? Scary. I have never felt this confused. Usually by this point I have a candidate that I’m behind.

This election…Not so much.

I think both candidates should duke it out on Jeopardy. Let Alex Trebek decide.

He’s from Canada, he could be neutral, eh!

 I just heard that the Nuggets traded Allen Iverson (pictured here on a not so good day),
 in a huge deal.

Holy Mcnugget,  in my last blog entry I made mention of how the Nuggets didn’t seem any different to me this season than last. (I often speak too soon) 

Then I find out that they’ve traded AI for three guys, two of which are former Nuggets. I’m a huge Iverson fan.





The Nuggets in trade received 6′ 3″, Chauncey Billups. Former Nugget from 1998-2000. 

Right now he averages 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Chauncey is 32 years old.

The second former Nugget received in the trade is Antonio Mcdyess.

He played for the nuggets from 1998-2002. Currently he averages 8 points per game with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Antonio is 34 years old.
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Lastly we acquired Cheikh Samb.

This tower is 7′ 1″, weighs 245 lbs and has played a total of four pro games.

 I don’t know much about him, yet.

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The Nuggets blindsided me with this move. 

 I totally didn’t see this coming. I figured for sure George Karl would let Iverson play  this season and finish up his contract. Iverson has been a steady 25 PPG player since he arrived in Denver.

Maybe they know/saw something I didn’t.  

This move will totally tweak the dynamics of this team. At this point, who knows what direction. I also heard the Juwan Howard is on waivers.

Hell ya1.JPG 

I am excited about seeing how this bold move turns out for the Nuggets…D
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Nuggets look like fools in Kobe Bryant School


The Fonz.jpgWARNING: If you don’t like basketball, read no further.








I realize this is a baseball blog format. But I’m bored and I need to blog about something, and this place is my home.

If you read this blog on a regular basis you thuggets.jpgknow that I am a pretty big Denver Nuggets fan.

I had big plans to blog full time about the Nuggets this season.

 It looks like that’s not going to happen. I can’t really disclose why at this time, but lets just say that it’s not a bad thing.

When I can officially say more I will. So I will do random Nugget blog entries here.

I had a chance to be at the home opener of the Denver Nuggets last night. It was against  the LA Lakers and this was their forth game of the season. At this point in the season the Nuggets are 1-2.


 I always
show up early for Rockies batting practice. If you choose, you can show up early for basketball practice too. Here’s some video and a few shots of my other favorite BP.

Basketball Practice 11-1-08.JPGHere is Carmello Anthony (who cut off his corn rows recently) , K-Mart, Linus Kleiza warming up. Each seat in the arena had a T-shirt on it. The shirts were gifts as this game was the Nuggets home opener. They were nice shirts too.

Warming up 11-1-08.JPG                                         The singing of the National Anthem.

Anthem 11-1-08.JPG                              Here is Laker Luke Walton #4, son of Bill Walton.

Luke Walton 11-1-08.JPGNext is a shot of the Cheerleaders during the first time out. Rockies should consider this addition. It would give us something to do instead of watch the pitcher scratches himself five times.
Nuggets Cheerleaders 11-1-08.JPG                                     An Allen Iverson free throw attempt, he misses. 
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                                            Later as AI redeems himself.
AI Foul Shot Game 1 2008.JPG                                   The Lakers having a little discussion.
Lakers chatting 11-1-08.JPG                                               All eyes on the basketball
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                                    Seconds after the final buzzer went off.
Game finished 11-1-08.JPG   JR Smith seen here looking up at the final score. He played his butt off and scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Final Score 11-1-08.JPG

chump.jpgKobe scores 33 points tonight and the Lakers hold Carmello Anthony to single digits up until the last few minutes of the game.

Damn, that’s just what I wanted to see on my first Nuggets game of the year.

Another edition of Kobe schools Mello.

Mello can ball when he “wants” to, but Kobe makes Mello look like a chump on a regular basis.

Mello produced a disappointing 13 points. Allen Iverson was held to 13 points. Both of these dudes average 25 points a game normally.

 K-Mart had 18 points and can be menacing when healthy.  I like K-Mart but I need more from him. He needs to be a leader not a follower.

This is your time Kenyon, show us why we kept you around all these years. Give Denver something back. 

Vicki_and_Nene.jpgNene,  who scored eight points seemed invisible for as big as this dude is. 

Nene is big enough to crush dudes, but it seems like he prefers to ask them politely to move out of his way.

Nene..PLAY DUDE, PLAY LIKE THIS IS YOUR LAST GAME EVER. I really need him to pump out a twenty-point game. I don’t think he has it in him. Too bad, I like Nene. 


 As I was leaving after the game I had the worst feeling of deja vu.

 The Nuggets have a acquired a few new faces this season, but I didn’t see anything new on the court. It felt like a continuation of last season. 

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The next home games are Friday and Sunday.  I’ll be there Sunday with the kids.

It’s Hunters birthday on Friday  and hopefully we can get him backstage after the game. I’ll let you know how that goes…D
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Collection of Sports Autographs to Date

5/31/08                            Colorado Rockies Autographs

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Pictured above are Tulo, Clint Barmes, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa and Jonathan Herrera( on one ball), Ryan Speier, Franklin Morales and Micah Bowie. The autograph on the ticket stub is Omar Quintanilla I got two years ago.

The baseballs on top are batting practice balls from this year that we will be use for autographs from now on. I have snagged six batting practice balls so far this year and one has Ubaldo Jimenez’s autograph on it and the other ball Hunter had signed by Tulowitzki. 

                                                      DENVER NUGGETS 2008

2008 Nugget tickets.JPGI am fortunate to have a good buddy of twenty years who works for the Nuggets. 

 I was able to attend most of the Denver Nuggets home games this year.  

I bought most of my own tickets, but he was able to get me backstage after the games.

Thanks bro !backstage nugget pass.JPG






The Red ones will get you through the tunnel backstage after the game. 

If you had a yellow one it would get you in locker room. (I’ve never had one of those). 










                                      Brick #1.

IMG_0036.JPGThe first game I was able to go backstage was on Jan 17, 08. Nuggets vs Jazz.

I had no idea I would going backstage and was totally unprepared.

 I managed to buy a sharpie at the Nuggets store, but what I really wanted autographed was a basketball. 

Ouch, the price for an NBA basketball was over a hundred bucks.

So I decided to use one of the bricks that Nuggets fans wave when an opposing player is trying to shoot a free throw. 

Not only are they free, but they are actually great for getting autographs on.

 I know people say not to laminate autographs, but that’s because it makes it harder to verify the autograph’s authenticity.

Every single autograph I own has been obtained by me personally. I do not own a single autograph that I have not personally had signed in front of me.

On the bricks I attach the backstage pass for that game, the date, which team the Nuggets played that day, the player’s who autographed the brick, and the final score.

On the first brick I had the ticket laminated with it and it worked fine. Unfortunatly it didn’t work so well with the next two bricks because the ink was temperature sensitive and the tickets turned black.

Autographs on this Brick # 1 are: Linas Kleiza (career high 41 points that game), Marcus Camby, Eduardo Najera, Yakhouba Diawara, Anthony Carter, and JR Smith.

boozerautoI looked over to see Carlos Boozer of the Jazz sneaking out and asked him politely for an autograph.

 He said “sure’ and signed the back of this brick. He was really cool about it.

Nuggets beat the Jazz 120-109.

Most of Nuggets are really good  about signing autographs, but not all of them.

 I have yet to snag an autograph from Carmelo Anthony or Allen Iverson.

It’s not that they won’t sign autographs backstage, it’s just that they don’t go over to the autograph area after the game. Iverson usually makes an appearance but but sneaks out the door without signing. That’s cool, at least I got to see him. I have never seen Melo after a game. He usually sneaks out of the Pepsi Center through another more private exit.

Brick # 2Brick 1-25

 The next time I got an opportunity to go backstage was Jan 25, 2008.

This game was the Nuggets vs the Nets.

Nuggets won.

 Autographs on this brick are: Kenyon Martin, Chucky Atkins and Yakhouba Diawara.

I felt bad because when I saw Chucky Atkins because I interrupted him during his phone conversation by asking him for an autograph. Usually I’m a little more respectful than that.

Oh well, it was the first time I had seen him backstage.

He was chill about it, he held up his finger as to mean “wait a minute”, and when he was finished with his call he came over and signed the brick. He also signed a picture for me and so did Kenyon Martin. I will post the autographed pictures at the end toward the end of this entry.

                                                Nuggets beat the Nets 100-85.Brick3

      Brick # 3

Is from the 3/7/08 game vs the Spurs.

Nuggets won 109-96.

The autgraphs on this brick are: George Karl, Anthony Carter, Nene and Sean Elliot (a retired Spurs Player now  sports commentator).

My wife and I were at that game. I got Brick # 3 autographed and she got the black basketball signed.







 Autographs on this basketball are:

Anthony Carter, Taureen Green, Linas Kleiza, K-mart, Chucky Atkins and tucked away in the corner, George Karl.


 I love this ball !








Here is a my Nuggets hat with George Karl, Anthony Carter and Chucky Atkins Autographs.

Nuggetscap.JPG                                    Linas Kleiza from Lithuania (aka, the L Train)

LinasK_0002.jpg                                    One of my favorite players Eduardo Najera.eduardon_0003.jpg

                                Kenyon Martin. My daughter Mylee’s favorite player.Kmart.jpg


kmartmyp.JPG                    Coach George Karl has a great routine for signing autographs.

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He walks out, goes to the front of the line, signs his autograph, and then uses that sharpie to sign everyone else’s stuff.

Then he casually walks back to the first guy in line whose sharpie he used and returns it.    

 How cool is that? 

George Karl is a good guy.






                                                             JR Smith

JR smith hands up.jpg                                              My favorite Nugget this year.

 I’ve always been an Allen Iverson fan, but I really enjoyed watching JR last season.

His three point scoring carried the Nuggets for a number of games this year. JR became a dominant player towards the end of the season and as a result received a lot more play time. 

It will really be cool to see what JR developes into. It was fun to watch him play this year. That 360 degree dunk he did over Dampier of the Mavericks was bar none, the best (non-game determining) basket I have ever seen live. 

I have a picture of that dunk on my wall waiting to get autographed. JR is really good about signing. I can tell you that it was easier to get his autograph at the beginning of the season than it was toward the end.

Kooba.jpg Yakhauba Diawara

(aka Kooba)

 Kooba spent most of the season  keeping the bench warm, but was always the one of the first players out to sign autographs.

 He has signed several times for me and has always been approachable.

 Check out his autograph… it’s different.anthony carter.jpg









  Anthony Carter is the best for signing autographs.

He’s super friendly and has always signed for me. AC was fun to watch play this year and he is an important part of this team

 Thank you AC !




Chucky A.jpgAnd my last autographed picture is of Chucky Atkins.

 Chucky got a lot more play towards the end of the season when he replaced Anthony Carter.

He’s about my size maybe shorter. It just shows you dont need height to play in the NBA.


Nuggets.JPG                              A picture from my seat at the Nuggets vs Detroit Game. 

 In case you don’t follow basketball, the Nuggets were swept and thus eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs by the LA Lakers. That’s all I gotta say about that.

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