The Denver Nuggets are attempting of rid themselves of the Thuggets label that they have developed over the years.
Well, due to a few former Nuggets that label will be around for the time being.
Former Nuggets star Jalen Rose will serve 20 days in prison (less for good behavior) after crashing his Cadillac Escalade on March 11 in Oakland, a suburb of Detroit (not to be confused with the other Oakland). According to the Detroit Free Press, Rose registered a .08% on the breathalyzer and later registered 0.12 in a blood test. The legal limit in Detroit .12 and according to the Free Press usually first time offenders need to blow at least .17 to spend time in jail.
Rose was drafted by the Nuggets in 1994 and played two seasons in Denver before being traded to Indiana, along with the Reggie Williams and the Nuggets first round draft pick (10th in the 1996 Draft which turned into Erick Dampier) for Mark Jackson, Ricky Pierce and Indiana’s pick (23rd in the draft which ended up being Efthimios Rentzias).
Rodney White, who also spent time in a Nuggets jersey – as well as has connections to Detroit (after playing two seasons for the Pistons), was recently arrested for growing marijuana in his house in North Carolina.
White, who played four seasons in the NBA, was caught by authorities who received a tip about the illegal growing. In fact the police found a bunker that was built under the garage which was a hidden illegal growing room. According to Jorge Acre of Bettor.com, authorities found around 60 plants and nearly four pounds of weed to go along with weapons. There were three children present during the arrest.
White played in the NBA from 2001 to 2005 and played for the Pistons, Nuggets and Golden State Warriors (the story says White was sent from Golden State to Philadelphia in a trade for Allen Iverson, but that is incorrect, a pick that the Nuggets acquired from the Warriors was used in the Iverson trade). The Warriors cut White and he attempted to play basketball overseas.
The Nuggets traded Chinese center Mengke Bateer, forward Don Reid and a 2004 1st round pick (which ended up being Josh Smith) for White.
These two offenses (especially White’s) makes J.R. Smith’s June arrest for riding a scooter illegally in Miami kind of ridiculous.