2001-2002 Nuggets News

  • Ex-Nugget Bison Dele (most of you will remember him as Brian Williams) reportedly wants to un-retire and return to the NBA. Apparently life at a remote power plant in Australia wasn't exciting enough after all. Bison is 32 and has been out of the league since the end of the 1998-1999 season.
  • Tariq Abdul-Wahad, finally playing his best basketball as a Nugget, had an MRI on 11/23 and underwent a brief 15 minute procedure the following day on his sore left knee, to remove floating bodies. His knee had been bothering him most of the season. He is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.
  • Nuggets waive J.R. Rider, and activate Calbert Cheaney. From all accounts, J.R. was waived due to poor play, not any unprofessional behavior, as has been in the past. Want my opinion on the subject?
  • Nuggets game summaries are back! Look for the latest one in "Season at a Glance", or read other summaries written this season.
  • Nuggets beat long-time road nemesis Seattle Sonics - first time since Feb 2, 1993!
  • As you can see, the new design is finally almost complete!
  • The Nuggets get back to .500 with a win over the hapless Bulls.
  • Nick Van Exel was fined $20,000 on 11/9 by the NBA by referring to the refs as "cowards" after the loss in Houston.

  • Well, it has been a very interesting off-season for the Nuggets, to say the least.

    The good: Signed 13 year vet Avery Johnson, a squeaky but positive voice in the locker room, and finally signed draft pick Omar Cook. Cook could be traded away any day though.
    The interesting: Signed league renowned bad-boy Isiah Rider as a science experiment for the season. Let's pray this one turns out to be good. Tony Gonzalez - TE for the Kansas City Chiefs has expressed an interest to come play power forward for the Nuggets when the NFL season is over.
    The bad: Antonio McDyess goes under the knife October 12th to repair a torn patella tendon, that never quite healed from an injury near the end of last season. This leaves the Nuggets without their leading scorer, leading rebounder, most talented athlete, and extremely thin on the front line for the first 2-3 months of the season.

  • Issel places highest priority on a backup point-guard - drafts Omar Cook early in the 2nd round after trading away a future pick. Nuggets also draft Ousmane Cisse, straight out of St. Jude High School in Alabama. Ousmane is an athletic project, projected to play at Power Forward.