See a championship banner raised. Witness the coolest NBA championship rings ever. Beat the Lakers for a sixth straight time. Yeah, Denver Nuggets fans had a pretty good Tuesday night to say the least.
The very first pop culture reference that sprung to mind when it came to these cocky Nuggets fans and their, “Who’s your daddy!?” refrain is this:
Naturally, a sports movie. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. And it’s even more apropos here, because the Lakers were, in fact, underdogs on Tuesday. They’re underdogs whenever they take the court against Denver regardless of venue. They were swept in the Western Conference Finals. Nikola Jokic — LeBron, no longer — is the best player in the sport, and he plays in Denver.
As much as I liked several of the key moves the Lakers made this summer to bolster their roster, this Nuggets squad is so stacked.
What a wild card the Western Conference is entering this season. The Lakers should build on the momentum of yesteryear and be among the top seeds. Memphis is a total wild card thanks in part to Ja Morant’s 25-game suspension. The Mavs’ Kyrie-Luka experiment could flourish — or combust. Steph, Klay, Dray and the Warriors are still lurking. How about Phoenix’s dream-like offensive trio of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal?
Futhermore, if Zion Williamson stays healthy for the Pelicans, they could make some serious noise. Also, better get this take in before they start: Do not sleep on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Look out. Their hoarding of draft picks and years-long rebuild is about to pay off. Chet Holmgren breakout SZN incoming.
Amid all those compelling scenarios, though, the Denver Nuggets are the clear-cut favorite in the West. They’re a cut (or several) above everyone else until proven otherwise — and showed as much by beating the Lakers soundly.
And yes, for a sixth straight meeting, the Nuggets were the Lakers’ daddies.