Denver Nuggets Retire Fat Lever’s Jersey, Roll Past Los Angeles Lakers
A 15-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers was only a part of what was a memorable night for the Denver Nuggets.
During halftime, the Nuggets organization retired legend Fat Lever’s jersey, sending his number up to the rafters. Lever spent six seasons with the Nuggets, cracking two All-Star teams, while consistently being recognized as one of the more hard-nosed defenders in the league. Lever currently sits 24th on the NBA’s all-time steals list.
“I think the first time was when you see another jersey go up,” Lever said. “I can’t remember who it was that had the jersey retire, but I started thinking about but then didn’t think much of it.
“But then when I was with the (Sacramento) Kings, you see a lot of ceremonies that we had there, and you start reflecting back. Not in a negative way, but in a way that said ‘What if?’ And that what if came today.”
A triple-double machine, the point guard averaged 17.0-points, 7.6-rebounds, and 7.5-assists per game during his tenure with the Nuggets.
“Once you start thinking about it, you wonder if it’s ever going to happen,” Lever said. “And once it happens? Overyjoyed. Happy. It’s there forever now.”
And what a joyous night it was!