Digging for Gold
With a new coach, a new front office, and at least four promising new players, the Nuggets’ 2013–14 season is certain to be a roller coaster ride of transition. We mined the history books and picked the brains of local analysts—and of the Nuggets’ new coach himself—to give you an insider’s look at the franchise’s past, present, and future.
Little known facts about some of your favorite Denver players.
Was the first athlete member of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit that works to encourage the acceptance of others and end homophobia in sports.
Attended the launch of One Colorado to celebrate the passing of Senate Bill 11, the Colorado Civil Unions Act.
Wears No. 94 because it’s the area code in his home region of France.
Inspired Evan: Le Reve Américan (The American Dream), a film about his rise from the French pro leagues to the NBA, which premiered in Paris on October 17.
Has a degree in geography from Villanova. Started the Randy Foye Foundation in 2007 to help inner-city kids in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
Is the oldest of seven siblings.Dunked for the first time at age 13. (In case you’re thinking BFD, he’s five-foot-nine now.) Played defensive back for the University of Washington football team in 2002 before his father convinced him to give up the sport and concentrate on basketball.
Produces a Web series, “State of Nate,” that chronicles his life on and off the court.
Has an older brother (Gary) who played basketball at the University of Miami and played pro ball internationally in Japan, Germany, and elsewhere; his two younger brothers, Isaac and Daniel, are considered top prospects in college and high school, respectively.