Golden Nuggets: The ides of summer

USA TODAY Sports

As the NBA offseason drags on, speculation abounds about the fate of the Nuggets in the 2013-2014 season.

Some see the Nuggets offseason as an abject failure.

Others feel the Nuggets seismic shakeup of the front office and roster as the first step towards a new era of Nuggets basketball characterized by something other than first round playoff exits. Whether or not that means a step closer to the Finals or deeper into the abyss of the Western conference remains to be seen.

More yet perceive this time as the slowest period in the NBA offseason, after the draft and the conclusion of most free agency, but before training camp. We're forced to slog through debates about whether LeBron James' passing ability is yet on the level of an all-time great like Larry Bird's or what dunk was the best in history.

Soon, training camp will begin, and we'll get to see the first inklings of how Brian Shaw plans to implement his battle plan for this enigmatic Nuggets squad. Until October 1st, we'll need to content ourselves with ruminating on a Nuggets squad whose upcoming performance will be nearly impossible to predict.

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