The Denver Nuggets have announced their kickoff celebration for their 50th anniversary season in a big way. From the linked article on the Nuggets site:
The Denver Nuggets are pleased to announce a special Legends Celebration to occur during the team’s home opening game on October 21 when they host the Sacramento Kings.
The Legends Celebration will feature all five players whose numbers are retired by the organization: Byron Beck #40, David Thompson #33, Dan Issel #44, Alex English #2 and Dikembe Mutombo #55. In addition, the team will honor former head coach Doug Moe whose 432 career wins with the Nuggets are memorialized with a banner in Pepsi Center’s rafters.
“We are thrilled to start our 50th Anniversary Season by celebrating the legends that helped shape this franchise. To have all six of these incredible individuals under one roof for the first time is sure to make for a memorable and historic evening for our fans and season ticket members,” said Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly.
The celebration will take place at half-time in an extended ceremony, with pre- and post-game opportunities as well. The Nuggets have been attempting to reach out and bridge the gap between former stars like Alex English and Dikembe Mutombo and the current iteration of the Nuggets. Fat Lever received a painting a couple of years ago, and Mutombo finally had his jersey retired. Alex English, the leading scorer of the 80s, is finally coming back around the team and has recently expressed his appreciation that the Nuggets are reaching out to their legends to rekindle that generational connection between the team, its players and its fans.
And who wouldn’t want to celebrate this golden age of basketball?
October 21st will be a great day of basketball memories both on and off the court - and hopefully just the start for this anniversary year celebration and beyond.