"Experience is the best teacher," Billups said of what the Nuggets learned during a playoff run that followed five straight seasons of losing in the first round. "Now, these guys have been through a lot in just one season, grew up a lot. . . . There are a lot of good teams over here in the Western Conference. We proved to be one of the best ones. But, when you get to this point, you can’t take steps back because there’s always somebody right on your heels to take that leap as well."Check out this full story by Chris Tomasson of the Rocky Mountain Independent. The story also discuss the futures of Birdman and Linas Kleiza and some great quotes from George Karl, Mark Warkentien, and the Birdman himself.