Just two weeks ago, fans in the state of Colorado were giddy and ecstatic about the idea that the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets, two Kroenke Sports organizations looked to be headed deep into the playoffs. In just a matter of a week, those dreams dashed by much superior teams.
On June 2nd, (less than two weeks ago) the Colorado Avalanche held a 2-0 lead over the Las Vegas Knights, and in that same amount of time the Golden Knights managed to win four straight, in dominating fashion over the Avs putting a damper on Colorado’s journey to the Cup. While the Avs are still and will continue to remain a tough team in the Western Division, their ability to make it to the Cup in part seems to be their biggest issue.
NHL critics and fans around the league pinned Colorado, as the team to win it all in 2021 and the first six games of their post season seemed to back up the idea. A frustrated Nathan Mackinnon had this to say after Colorado’s loss, “I’m going into my ninth year next year and I haven’t won s----. So I’m just definitely motivated, and it just sucks losing four in a row to a team.”
Kroenke’s other team, the Denver Nuggets entered the playoffs with the top player in the league who was announced league MVP at the start of game three in Denver. Nikola Jokic had a phenomenal season becoming the first Center to win the award since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999.
Unfortunately, Denver lost starting point guard Jamal Murray back in mid-April to a torn ACL to his left knee in a game against the Golden State Warriors. Murray underwent surgery about a week later, ending his season and placing undue pressure on finding his replacement. Aaron Gordon was added shortly after along with Austin Rivers both of which contributed in the absence of Murray.
Despite the loss of Murray, the Denver Nuggets managed to make it much further into the playoffs that most expected mostly on the back of MVP Jokic. Denver eventually met up with the Phoenix Suns lead by Chris Paul III and Devin Booker who breezed passed an injured L.A. Lakers and would later sweep the Nuggets.
While fans may be disappointed in the outcome of the seasons for both teams, the fact that they are the only professional teams to have made it to the playoffs in back to back seasons gives fans a glimmer of hope.
In other sports the quarterback competition has fired up at Dove Valley and reports indicate that Teddy Bridgewater has taken an advantage over last season’s starter, Drew Lock. While neither quarterback displayed impressive numbers last season, both understand the severity of taking the Broncos to the next level this season.
While rumors still swirl about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers relationship troubles, players haven’t bought into the hype. Von Miller had this to offer about the hype, “You start thinking, ‘Oh, we’re going to get Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson,” Miller says, “But hold on, wait a minute, we’ve got Drew Lock. That’s who we’re running with. That’s who we’re going into the season with until anything changes.”