by Craig Kwasniewski
Hey let me be the first to congratulate the 2006 Northwest Division Champion Denver Nuggets for becoming the first division champ to NOT host the first round of the playoffs. Their 100-82 home loss to Sacramento means that they open at Memphis or the LA Clippers in the first round (depending on which team
tanks loses in their clash on Tuesday).
Why do I bring this up? This is just another reason the whole division alignment just does not work in the NBA. As I stated in The Tank Solution post last week, the NBA should eliminate the divisions and separate the league into two conferences.
But since the Nugz have climbed to the mountaintop and toppled the 2005 Northwest Division defending champs the....
the... (Yo dawg, help me out here! Who won the NW division in 05?)
the Seattle Supersonics, damn... how could I forget!
Anyway, since the Nugz clawed and punched their way to earn such a prized possession, you might as well join them in the celebration. (2006 NW Division Champs Locker Room Tee)
I'm wondering, did the Nugz have a champagne celebration? And did Marcus Camby get hurt during it? Did the parade end at Invesco Field at Mile High? Did John Elway yell, "Are you ready to Mutombo?" Does anyone in Denver really care about this?
This stuff takes me back to a few years back to the Lakers threepeat run from 2000-02. The Sacramento Kings actually won the Pacific Division in 2001-02 and repeated the feat in 02-03. They had a banner raising ceremony along with "back-to-back" t-shirts to celebrate the achievement. Yet they had no real hardware. Good times...