Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets  

Nuggets Timeline

1967

Denver Team Formation

In 1967, one of the ABA's charter franchises was awarded to a group in Kansas City, Missouri headed by Southern California businessman James Trindle. However, Trindle was unable to find a suitable arena in the Kansas City area. League commissioner George Mikan suggested moving the team to Denver. After agreeing to name Denver native and former NBA player Vince Boryla as general manager, Trindle moved his team to Denver as the Denver Larks, named after the Colorado state bird. The Trindle group was severely undercapitalized, leading Mikan to order the Larks to post a $100,000 performance bond or lose the franchise. Hours before the deadline, Trindle sold a two-thirds controlling interest to Denver trucking magnate Bill Ringsby for $350,000. Ringsby then renamed the team the Rockets, after his company's long-haul trucks.
1974

Becoming the Nuggets

Ringsby sold the team to San Diego businessmen Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer in 1972. In 1974, in anticipation of moving into the NBA, and the new McNichols Arena the franchise held a contest to choose a new team nickname, as "Rockets" was already in use by the Houston Rockets. The winning choice was "Nuggets," in honor of the original Nuggets team in Denver from 1948 - 1950, the last year as a charter member of the NBA. Their new logo was a miner "discovering" an ABA ball. Goldberg and Fischer in turn sold the team to a local investment group in 1976.
1976

Joining the NBA

The Nuggets and Nets had actually applied to join the NBA in 1975, but were forced to stay in the ABA by a court order. The Nuggets continued their strong play early on in the NBA, as they won division titles in their first two seasons in the league, and missed a third by a single game. However, neither of these teams were ultimately successful in the postseason. Similarly to the other new NBA teams, the Nuggets were given many financial issues including a 2 million dollar entry fee. Red McCombs bought the team in 1978.
1999

Pepsi Center Opens

Pepsi Center was constructed as part of a large six-year sporting venue upgrade in Denver along with Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (formerly Invesco Field at Mile High), home of the Denver Broncos. The complex was constructed to be readily accessible. The arena is situated at Speer Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in downtown Denver, and is served by 2 nearby exits off Interstate 25. A light rail station is on the western side of the complex.

Ground was broken for the arena on November 20, 1997, on the 4.6-acre (19,000 m2) site. Its completion in October 1999. Also included in the complex are a basketball practice facility used by the Nuggets, and the Blue Sky Grill, a restaurant accessible from within and outside the Center itself.
2000

Stan Kroenke Owner

Kroenke Sports Enterprise also owns Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Nuggets and Avalanche, and co-owns Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, home of the Rapids. Both venues were built by his development company. In 2004, Kroenke launched his own competitor to FSN Rocky Mountain (now known as Root Sports Rocky Mountain), Altitude, a new regional sports network which became the official broadcaster for both of Kroenke's teams on launch. Kroenke also established TicketHorse, a ticket company that provides in-house sales for all of his teams.

Kroenke Sports Enterprise also owns Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Nuggets and Avalanche, and co-owns Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, home of the Rapids. Both venues were built by his development company. In 2004, Kroenke launched his own competitor to FSN Rocky Mountain (now known as Root Sports Rocky Mountain), Altitude, a new regional sports network which became the official broadcaster for both of Kroenke's teams on launch. Kroenke also established TicketHorse, a ticket company that provides in-house sales for all of his teams.
2011

Carmelo Anthony Traded

On February 22, 2011, after months of speculation that he wanted to leave the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony was traded along with Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman to the New York Knicks in a multi-player deal also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves in which the Nuggets received Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos. On the day when the trade was done, the Nuggets were left with 9 players to play against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Team Information Team History

City:
Denver

Nickname:
Nuggets - The winning choice was "Nuggets," in honor of the original Nuggets team in Denver from 1948 - 1950, the last year as a charter member of the NBA. Nuggets, an allusion to the city's mining tradition and the Colorado Gold Rush during the late 1850s.

Arena:
Pepsi Center
1999 - present
McNichols Sports Arena
1975 - 1999
Denver Auditorium Arena
1967 - 1975

Owner:
Ann Walton Kroenke
2014 - Present
Stan Kroenke
2000 - 2014
Liberty Media
1997 - 2000
Peter Bynoe, Bertram Lee, and Comsat Video Enterprises
1989 - 1997
Sidney Shlenker
1985 - 1989
Red McCombs
1978 - 1985
Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer
1972 - 1978

James Trindle and Bill Ringsby
1967 - 1972

Established: 1967

League History:
National Basketball Association
1976 - present
American Basketball Association 
1967 - 1976

Team History:
Denver Nuggets
1974 - present

Denver Rockets
1967 - 1974

NBA Championships: 0
ABA Championships: 0

Retired Numbers:
2 Alex English
33 David Thompson

40 Byron Beck
44 Dan Issel
432 Doug Moe

Mascots: 1990 - present

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