Being a Nuggets fan should come with a lifetime supply of antacid.
It’s always been odd to me the Nuggets are not listed alongside the Clippers and Cavaliers and other futile franchises of that ilk. In almost four decades of NBA livelihood, the Nuggets are without a championship.
The news today that Masai Ujiri, the architect of this explosive Nuggets roster, is gone to Canada is another footnote in this unfortunate history. I can’t say enough about Ujiri’s impact on the franchise, particularly when considering Melo’s forced trade.
Now Ujiri is leaving town.
If money was the determining factor in Ujiri’s decision, this is a traveling violation that should have been prevented.
I tend to think the mistake was not made when the Nuggets didn’t match (or exceed) Toronto’s offer… but in the past year, when the Nuggets knew Ujiri’s contract was expiring, and there was nothing put on paper.
Fair or not, this is a move that supports the perception Kroenke Sports Enterprises won’t pony up when a star is available.
Make no mistake: Ujiri is a star.
When the Jazz lost Deron Williams, the Jazz fell from relevancy. When the Magic lost Dwight Howard, the Magic dropped like a bag of dumbbells. The Nuggets lost Carmelo Anthony and Ujiri’s handiwork allowed them to remain a factor in the West.
It’s an interesting argument to debate who is more valuable: a player like Andre Iguodala, who is owed $15 million next year, or an executive like Ujiri, who reportedly will make $15 over the next five years in Toronto.
I’ll have to think about it. Right now, the loss of Ujiri should sting the Nuggets fandom enough.