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Denver Nuggets Front Office
With intelligence and perspective, we've dulled our pleasure centers and curbed our ability to produce meaning for ourselves.
To believe that any of 2023's neo-contenders can become bonafide champs over the next few months is to believe that a once-in-a-quarter-century occurrence is about to transpire. The reality is there are only four real contenders.
Denver's loss in Philadelphia was meaningful not because of how it impacts a tired MVP conversation, but how it showed a crack in the overall project for the Nuggets ahead of the trade deadline.