Nuggets reunion is 'healthy' refresher for current team

Despite being one of the most memorable moments in franchise history, most of the current Nuggets team probably couldn't tell you much about their historic upset of No. 1 Seattle in the opening round of the NBA playoffs in 1994.

Granted, most of the team was only just entering elementary school at the time, this reunion is good for the team.

"I think it's healthy for the younger players to know the history of the Nuggets organization," head coach Brian Shaw said. He laughed that most of the players also find enjoyment in wearing the retro-uniforms even if it shouldn't generally affect their play on the court.

They will honor that squad at halftime Monday night.

The Nuggets lost the first two games of the five-game series before storming back to become the first No. 8 seed to advance to the second round. Their resiliency – and the imprint of Dikembe Mutombo holding the ball lying on the ground – was the most memorable for Shaw.

Seattle won a league-best 63 games during the regular season and everyone – including the members of the Supersonics – thought they would roll the Nuggets.

"I remember how confident, maybe over-confident, that team was," Shaw recalled from his good friend and member of that Seattle squad, Gary Payton. It was rumored – and still irks former Nuggets forward LaPhonso Ellis – that the Supersonics only packed for one night as they assuredly anticipated to sweep Denver after going up 2-0 in the series. Instead, the Nuggets won that game and then forced a game-five in overtime a few nights later.

"The Nuggets team was a young team that had a pretty up-and-down season. They had guys that got hot at the right time," he continued.

Denver went on to lose the first three games of their next series versus the Utah Jazz before coming all the way back to force a game-seven.

Ty Lawson affirmed that it would be an honor to play in front of that team against the Los Angeles Clippers. The point guard may have only been 7-years-old when that team upset the Supersonics but he understands its relevance in Nuggets and NBA history.


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