For the Denver Nuggets it all Comes Down to This

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(Photo by (NASA/Bill Ingalls, courtesy of Getty Images)
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Not the Nuggets or any of the professional sports franchises in Colorado, the city.

It’s starting to dawn on people that the afterthought way in which the Nuggets are scheduled by the NBA is oppressive.  Oklahoma City understands.  If you look at a map of NBA franchises, they all are around the edges of the Country.  The concentration on the East Coast makes travel a breeze for Eastern Conference teams.  Even for Western Conference teams, the League will schedule road trips with an eye toward minimizing travel requirements.

Not so for the Nuggets, Denver being squarely in the middle, travel to-and-from is substantially more difficult.  Consider that in the six days between March 13th and 19th, the Nuggets travelled to Los Angeles, to Denver, to Memphis and to Miami.  From Miami they hit Chicago on the 21st and Washington D.C. on the 23rd.  That is a lot of miles.  Think of it this way, Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Cleveland would fit inside Colorado.  Imagine a six-game road trip where all six games were within the borders of our State.  Far less impact than the outrageous travel the Nuggets have to endure.

While geography isn’t a huge factor for the Denver Nuggets, it is a factor.