Denver Nuggets Thuggets: Mark Cuban Was Right

Think Mark Cuban was wrong to call the Denver Nuggets a bunch of thugs? I’m not so sure he was. Let’s review the case, shall we…

Denver Thuggets (Derok.net)

Denver Thuggets (Derok.net)

Carmelo Anthony – Appeared in the infamous Stop Snitchin’ video. You know, the one that encouraged criminal informants to stop “snitchin’,” aka informing, to the cops. He’s had two incidents with Mary Jane, an on-court brawl and a DUI case which got pleaded down. This is just the stuff we know about. His wife even recently got kicked out of a game.

Chris “Birdman” Anderson – Anderson was kicked out of the NBA for two years for violating its “drugs of abuse” rule. The one thing we know is that he wasn’t just smoking weed.

From the Cornell Daily Sun:

It’s rumored that the Birdman tested positive for some form of methamphetamine, although PCP, codeine, morphine, heroin, opiates, LSD and cocaine could have produced the same results. Neither the NBA, nor the Players Association is allowed to comment on a player’s test results.

Great, so he’s likely a meth head. I’m sure David Stern wants to reach the NASCAR/trailer park crowd, but that was not the way to do so, Birdman.

J.R. Smith – When the Hornets traded him away despite his all-world talent, at least they got Tyson Chandler in return. The Bulls changed their mind about Smith, and shopped him for Howard Eisley — one of freakin’ John Stockton’s old back-ups — and two second-rounders. What does it say about a kid who looks to be a younger, taller, more athletic Ben Gordon, when teams practically give him away? Nothing good. He was also involved in the Knicks-Nuggets brawl in addition to a nightclub “incident.” Ben Gordon on the court, Stephen Jackson off of it?

Kenyon Martin – Dates a rapper (Trina). Once called a fan a “fat BEEP white boy.” Once went ballistic on a sports talk radio personality, unleashing a profanity-laden tirade that would have made Bobby Knight blush. Oh, and what about his recent foul on Dirk Nowitski? That was so bad I thought John Chaney ordered it. Worst of all — and I am not blaming K-Mart here — Darrent Williams was slain leaving Martin’s party. Crips were allegedlly both at the party and involved in Williams’ shooting. Do most people invite crips to their birthday parties? Let me know, because I’m not quite sure.

Coach George Karl is known for uneccesarrily running up the score. Owner Stan Kroenke is a Wal-Mart guy. There’s a classy company for you. Granted, the Nuggets did move Allen Iverson — whose bark is way worse than his bite, by the way — for class act Chauncey Billups, but four of their main eight players are not exactly role models. Let me put it this way, channeling Dave Chapelle; they might not be thugs, but their behavior has been thuggish. That’s why I don’t have a problem at all with Mark Cuban calling the Nuggets “thugs.” I wouldn’t say it to K-Mart’s mama — that’s just uncalled for — but I will write it on this blog. Totally fair game.

That’s why I’m going to do Dallas and call them the Thuggets for the entire Lakers-Nuggets series. I think they’ve earned it.

Topics: Birdman, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Anderson, Denver Nuggets, Denver Thuggets, George Karl, J.r. Smith, K-mart, Kenyon Martin, Los Angeles Lakers, Melo

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  • Jake Hilder

    Kobe Bryant – Rape…
    your a fuckwit dude get a life nuggets will win and lakers will suck big time

  • Christina

    All of that ‘evidence’ does not prove that the Nuggets are thugs, but it does prove that you are an ignorant fool.

  • Mike

    Yeah.. Kobe only rapes housekeepers.. no thugs on the lakers!

  • Brandon

    Let’s see Carmelo Anthony gives $3 million to Syracuse University in one of the largest singles donations an athletes has ever made to a school and you call him a thug? Thug is becoming the new ‘N’ word that scared white boys like to throw out whenever they see a black man that scares them.

  • kareemabduladam

    I usually just let the comments go (even when people call other people f***wit — wow, that’s appropriate), but Brandon, in case you didn’t notice, three of the seven people (Birdman, Karl and Kroenke) were white. This was in no way, shape or form racist.

  • Brandon

    3 out of 7 huh? You bolded Carmelo Anthony, Birdman, JR Smith and Kenyon Martin. Funny that Dallas fans played that card when their star players girlfriend is arrested and sitting in jail, their owner and fans are insulting players wives and parents, and reportedly throwing racist taunts around. Meanwhile the Lakers are starting Fisher a guy suspended for a cheap shots this playoff series and Kobe, a guy alleged of raping a girl. Oh by the way, Chauncey Billups just won sportsman of the year. Thuggets indeed.

  • Pau Powa

    Kenyon Martin also tried to steal Deshawn Stevenson’s girlfriend – http://www.tugtest.com/index.asp?tugtest=HMKDF

    CLASS ACT!!!

  • Big Dave

    This isn’t a Thuggets issue, this is an NBA issue. It is not directly race related, of course… but the thug life sure does rear it’s ugly head often in the NBA.

    Weird that you don’t see that stuff in the NHL (off the ice). Hmmm….

  • wowah

    You don’t ever see the NHL on ice enough to even give a damn about what they do off of it

    Also, the nuggets are gonna bust the LA Faker’s asses

  • Big Dave

    The NHL is having better playoffs this season – undoubtedly.

    Also, strangely enough, they have way less thugs. NBA has about 3-4 per team. Sometimes more (read: Thuggets).

  • Will

    The Nuggets just play like thugs. It has nothing to do with their tatts, they’re skin color, or anything else. They play dirty cheap shot defense, they showboat every time they’re up by over 6 points and when they’re losing with less than 3 minutes left, they have meltdowns of thug life proportions. Sorry Nuggets fans. Your team is very talented but they are what they are. If it fouls like a thug, and taunts like a thug….you guessed it! Its a thug.

  • Nate-O

    Really? You laker fans are the biggest bunch of shit talkers ever. In the live stream chat rooms, not only do I see YOU (Yes the laker fans) running off the mouth with constant racial slurs, and how this guy from the nuggets is a piece of shit, and this guy did that. You know what? People go through things and people change, and even if they did do that before, its their desire to contest to all the judgemental assholes out there (YOU LAKER FANS, surprised?) that they don’t give a damn about a bunch of people pointing a finger at them! I for one have been through alot of shit in my life, and just like people like the birdman. And I know all of you will have some unintelligent remark to make about thugs, or maybe some derogatory remark directed to me, but I dont give a shit really. Good luck in the playoffs!!!

  • Big-P

    As far as I’m concerned, all ya’ll defending Nuggets, none of your comments make any sense: “Yeah.. Kobe only rapes housekeepers.. no thugs on the lakers!”, -> we talkin about the games dude, look how they play.. damn focus foo! “and I know all of you will have some unintelligent remark to make about thugs, or maybe some derogatory remark directed to me, but I dont give a shit really.” -> if you don’t give a shit, why the hell the longest comment in this post.

    Uncontrolled emotions and unfocused = thugs.

    I know what thug is and I’ve been livin down low, I know what I’m talkin about.

    I’m not in for Lakers or Nuggets, but if you pulled out cheap shots on the court, that’s an unsportsmanly conduct.

    And maybe is wrong to call:

    thug = unsportsmanly conduct.

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