Kickin’ It with Kiz: Is devastating Jamal Murray injury a sign that basketball gods hate the Nuggets?

Kiz, you’re one of the first people I thought of when Nuggets guard Jamal Murray went down with that tragic ACL injury. It brought back awful memories of Alex English’s broken thumb in 1985, as well as Calvin Natt’s knee and Achilles injuries; Fat Lever’s knee injury in 1988; LaPhonso Ellis’ knee injury in 1994; coach George Karl’s cancer in 2010, and Danilo Gallinari’s knee injury in 2013. I am convinced the basketball gods will never let the Nuggets win a championship! What have we as fans done wrong to deserve this?

Andrew, seeking answers

Kiz: You know me. I’m always Mr. Sunshine. But when Murray went down, I couldn’t think of a bigger bummer of a sports injury in this dusty old cowtown since Broncos running back Terrell Davis ripped up his knee in the late 1990s. Are the Nuggets cursed? I began covering the team in 1983, so maybe the problem is me. Or how’s this for a conspiracy theory? I call it the Curse of Maxie the Miner. Denver has not played for a championship since the waning days of the beloved ABA, way back in 1976. Maxie did not make the trip with the team to the NBA. David Thompson, as you might recall, hurt his foot in 1980, and the rest is a long history of frustration. Could it be the Nuggets can’t win it all until they welcome back Maxie into the fold as a full-fledged member of the squad?

There’s no chance the Broncos draft North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. Lance is a great athlete with a strong arm, but he had only one season as starter against lower-level competition. Drew Lock would beat him out in a week. That’s not the kind of gamble a measured and cautious general manager like George Paton will make.

J.A., naysayer in training

Kiz: The staff here at Kickin’ It Headquarters doubted both Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson because they embraced unorthodox approaches to playing quarterback. Well, one MVP trophy by each of those hotshot young QBs later, even a knucklehead like me can no longer deny the revolution is here. Climb on the Lance bandwagon. Or get left in the dust.

I say temporarily change Trevor Story’s first name to Trade. He gets his real name back when he again plays for a real team.

T.R., spitballing ideas

Kiz: Well, that’s a better idea than most we’ve heard lately from general manager Jeff Bridich.

The Rockies’ biggest problem is they have a very good manager who has to work for an idiot general manager and an idiot owner.

Steve, sympathetic soul

Kiz: Rockies manager Bud Black is one of my favorite sports people in Colorado. My concern: How much longer until Black asks out of this clown car?

And today’s parting shot was prompted after I suggested we might need a new nickname for the wretched Rockies.

Kiz, when you called them the Bad News Denver Bears it reminded me of a time when we watched high-level minor league baseball in Colorado, wishing for a major league franchise. Now we watch the Rockies, still wishing for a major league franchise.

Patrick, howlin’ like a wolf

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