The first inklings of professional basketball starting soon are finally in the air with the release of schedules across the league.
The Denver Nuggets released their 2018-2019 season schedule yesterday and I am excited by the thought of watching professional basketball again. I love all our Denver Sports teams, but I can’t say it is an equal or unconditional love. The Denver Nuggets are the pinnacle of my Denver sports viewing experience.
A quick look at this schedule makes my mouth water thinking about filing into a crowded Pepsi Center with a mob of other fans shrouded in blue and gold and white. I’m ready to see Nikoa Jokic, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and the rest of the crew in action again. The Summer League games and the NBA Draft don’t do enough to hold me over until regular season.
Initial impressions of the schedule made me seethe at the inequality of the league when it comes to teams trying to prove themselves. Look at our first 10 games and look at our last 10; they seemed impossible stretches to me at first. Then 9 out of 11 games on the road. How is this fair?
Liberté, egalité, fraternité!
Guess the NBA isn’t headed to France anytime soon.
After I calmed down a little I started to take a closer look and now I think maybe this won’t be too bad. It isn’t great, but maybe the Nuggets can build something here. Certainly if they can overcome some of the hard stretches, start out the season strong and play consistent they should be able to build on a good season last year.
With this maturing Nuggets squad looking to make a playoff push this year let’s look and see how the schedule helps or hurts their chances.