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So Long, and Thanks for All the Opportunities to Say, “Damn, that dude is really hot.”

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Today, the Denver Nuggets traded Nene to Washington.

From a basketball perspective, this doesn’t really bother me. The thing with Nene is that he never lives up to his potential. I mean, really, dude is huge. He should be going hard in the paint (sexy!) on, like, almost every play. If he drives to the basket like he really means it, with his size and power, there are very few guys in the NBA who can stop him. The problem is that more often than not, he doesn’t do this. He plays lazy a lot of the time.

I understand it’s a delicate balance for a guy like Nene. He’s strong and powerful but, despite his gigantic, sexy contract, he’s not a superstar and he never gets superstar treatment from referees. He gets called for ridiculous fouls. So to some extent I understand when he wants to lay off and take it easy. On the other hand, it frustrates the hell out of me because damn, nobody is going to stop him if he really goes for it, you know? He had an awesome game the other day and I was all, yeah, more like that! But it never happens on a consistent basis.

Although I’m not upset about this trade from a basketball perspective, I am disappointed from a hot-guy perspective. Seriously? Nene is quite possibly the most beautiful man I have ever seen in my life. Gorgeous. Stunning. I mean holy hell dude is smokin’ hot.

And don’t get me wrong. I don’t watch sports because I want to see hot guys. I watch sports because I love watching sports, and watching sports is what I do. But I’m not gonna be mad when, as a side benefit, I get to check out remarkably attractive men while enjoying sports.

So I’ll miss Nene because he’s, like, the hottest guy ever — hotter than my boyfriend Jon Garland, and if you know anything about me, that’s really saying something.

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Written by Tracy

March 15th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Nuggets: Trade Watch III

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So far this morning, no news is good news on the Nuggets trade front. The Artest deal still seems hung up on Kleiza. The Nugs are shopping Nene (Miami and New Jersey are interested), but with his health status and return date up in the air, it’s hard to say how appealing he is right now. I love Nene, but I could live with trading him for someone much cheaper, especially now that Kenyon Martin is playing the best he’s played for the Nugs.

I didn’t hear about it until this morning, but apparently Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson spent the weekend lobbying for a deal that would bring Artest to the Nuggets. The coaches, as far as I can tell, are opposed to the Artest deal if it means giving up Kleiza. The front office is split on the issue.

I think the opinion of the coaching staff should have more weight than the opinion of the players. I also think that George Karl showed a new and effective strategy for upping the defensive intensity of this team before the Celtics win — announcing which Nuggets stars were in charge of guarding which Celtics stars. That’s good, insightful coaching right there, and more of that will help this team in a way Ron Artest (and the loss of Kleiza) can’t.

To be real honest with you (uh oh, I’m picking up a Scott Hastings-ism right there — have you noticed that he says that all the time?), Melo and AI need to STFU about trades and who they want to see on this team. Take that energy and focus it on being the leaders of this team, hyping up the other guys, working on your free throws, and playing some freaking defense. Otherwise, we might just have to wait a few years until Kleiza takes over — because he’s the one who seems to have the real drive, dedication, and passion to lead a team in a way that nobody is leading the Nuggets right now.

As the trade deadline approaches (three hours left) I’ll update as soon as I hear anything. Until then, I’ll do all I can to send “Kleiza yes! Artest no!” vibes to the Pepsi Center.

Written by Tracy

February 21st, 2008 at 11:01 am

Here come the Lithuanians again.

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Remember that time last year when a bunch of Lithuanian hoops fans congregated at the Pepsi Center to do some mad crazy cheering for Linas Kleiza (discussed here)? Well, they were back in full force last night, representing for Lietuvos Respublika. Ačiū for the good luck, guys (have you seen the Nugs lose a game when they’re present?).

A Nuggets team decimated by injury beat the Atlanta Hawks — without Carmelo Anthony. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a win. No Nene? Najera with a wonky elbow? No Melo? No chance, right? The team looked good, though. Cohesive. Camby had a double-double and some Andre-Miller-like assists to Kleiza, who scored 23 points. Kenyon Martin had a double-double; a healthy Kenyon Martin is a monster. Iverson contributed, as usual, with 29 points, and Anthony Carter had nine assists.

This was a nice win, and you almost have to feel a little warm and fuzzy about the Nuggets right now. The problem is that I’m never quite sure what to think about the team — and that reveals the real issue they’re facing this year: inconsistency. As soon as you’re happy about a win over a good opponent or the team’s awesome home record, they get pounded by the Lakers and lose all road games so far this month.

So we’ll see. Today, I’m cautiously optimistic and not thinking beyond the end of the month. January ends with one more home game, then three on the road. I think they can win at home, take two of the three road games, and hopefully avoid additional injuries.

Good luck, guys, and good thoughts to Nene for a speedy and complete recovery.

Written by Tracy

January 24th, 2008 at 11:46 am

Nene Update

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Breaking news: Nene’s tumor is benign! This is AWESOME news.

No word yet on when he’ll return to the court, but I’ll keep you posted.

Edit: The statement that Nene’s tumor was benign was removed from his website. I’m not sure what this means, but will keep you updated.

Edit: The tumor was malignant, but it was caught early and reports are that it hasn’t spread. A full recovery is likely. Good thoughts to Nene.

Written by Tracy

January 17th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Nene Health Update

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Denver Nuggets forward Nene had a testicular tumor removed yesterday. The surgery was performed at a Denver hospital; no other details are available.

Good thoughts to Nene, one of my favorites. I hope he’s doing well and that this isn’t serious.

Click here to visit Nene’s website.

Written by Tracy

January 15th, 2008 at 2:47 pm