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On a humid summer morning in Hyatsville, Maryland, Jerami Grant is back where it all began. Before capturing gold at the FIBA Americas in 2012, before providing a spark off the bench as a freshman for Syracuse on the way to the Final 4, and years before securing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder last June,…

The year was 1998. The Denver Broncos had just won their first-ever Super Bowl, and despite their immense success, a group of key players felt they needed a change to the staff. After getting chiropractic work from Dr. Nelson Vetanze throughout the past season, players like wide receiver Rod Smith and linebacker Bill Romanowski approached head coach Mike Shanahan with the…

Eyes misty, shoulders slumped, head facing the floor, Nikola Jokic lingered at his locker like a gray cloud minutes after the Denver Nuggets’ dream season came to an end. Joker, as Mike Miller nicknamed him as a wisecracking rookie, wearing only compression shorts decorated with fishing lures, couldn’t mask his dejection. It mattered little that he’d just scored 29 points…

PORTLAND, Ore. — What games over the course of NBA history do you think of when you hear the term “instant classic”? Add Game 3 of the Nuggets and Trail Blazers’ first-round series to the list. The Nuggets and Trail Blazers needed four overtimes to determine the winner of Friday night’s matchup, a thrilling 140-137 Portland win. It was only…

Much like rappers who keep their ears to the ground for the next hot sound, basketball coaches watch games to see what they can repurpose as their own. In 2014, not long after Drake released a remix of Migos’ “Versace” and began incorporating the Atlanta trio’s ratatat flow into his own music, Michael Malone, then in his first and only full…

A little more than 24 before Katy Winge made history as the first woman in Altitude TV history to serve as a color analyst during a game, she still wasn’t 100 percent sure it would actually happen. Altitude producer Scott Bay had floated the idea to Winge over the last couple of weeks that he might be able to get…

In June, Tim Connelly was at his parent’s home in South Baltimore when his do-it-all wing asked to meet up. Come to the barber shop, Will Barton told him. Free agency was weeks away, and Barton was eligible for a new deal. Barton was coming off a career year in which he’d done everything from start at small forward to…

NIKOLA JOKIC ONLY LETS A SELECT FEW ride his horse Dream Catcher. It’s an exclusive club, one that includes Jokic’s godfather, his girlfriend and Michael Malone. Not even Jokic’s two older brothers are permitted to climb into the harness behind Dream Catcher and take the reins as Jokic’s horse trots around Sombor’s race track, situated five minutes due south of the…

The Denver Nuggets are playoff bound. With a 114-105 win in Boston on Monday, they clinched a postseason spot for the first time since 2013, the latest step in their progression from punching bag to budding contender. There are a number of ways to measure the strides the Nuggets have made in the last half decade, whether it’s the offense…

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