January 27, 2009 12:14 AM
Nuggets have plane trouble
By Chris Tomasson
Rocky Mountain News
Just plane frustrating.
It happened to the Utah Jazz on its way to Denver over the weekend. And now it's happened to the Nuggets.
Due to mechanical trouble with the team plane, the Nuggets arrived in Memphis about seven hours later than expected on Monday for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies.
The Nuggets were originally scheduled to take off at about 2 p.m., but players, coaches and other team personnel were informed that it was pushed back to 4 p.m. But when the Nuggets traveling party arrived at the airport at about 4 p.m., the delays continued.
The Nuggets finally took off at about 9 p.m. and got in about 12:15 a.m. They arrived at the team hotel at about 12:45 a.m.
After the troublesome travel day, the team's shootaround Tuesday morning was cancelled.
The Jazz had plane trouble late Saturday night when the team was trying to travel to Denver for Sunday's game. The team couldn't make it out after Saturday's home loss to Cleveland, and ended up having to fly Sunday morning to Denver.
Utah's weariness showed. The Jazz was trounced 117-97 by the Nuggets.
Monday marked the second straight season in which the Nuggets had severe travel problems going to Memphis. Last January, bad weather in the region delayed the Nuggets for a number of hours on a flight from New Orleans to Memphis the day before a game.