I figure that most of you know about the issue of the Nuggets-Lakers game four fiasco with a double booking of Western Conference Finals game four and WWE Monday Night Raw. WWE eventually moved to Los Angeles for the Monday Night Raw event and everything appeared to be quiet on the Western front, for now at least. Here is another classic Vince McMahon ESPN interview:
Then it got me to thinking, Could the Nuggets use this story as motivation during their playoff series against the Lakers?
With the series tied at 1-1 and the Nuggets coming home to the Pepsi Center it has to energize and motivate them on some level. I know the whole theory of motivation is such a fleeting bird in the NBA but think this out. The Nuggets were long-shot to even make the playoffs before the deal and no one believed at the time they could even get to this point. This story even appears that their own owner did not even believe in them since Kroneke had the possibility to move the event as late as April.
Denver point guard Chauncey Billups has already played in this “Us against the World” mentality when he was with the Pistons during their Finals win 2004 over the Lakers. Head coach George Karl has gone through play-off woes and might try to spin this is an opportunity to beat public perception of his team. In the NBA, image is everything and this might be a chance to “relax” any playoff jitters that the team must have after their two losses in Los Angeles.
In the annals of sports history, many teams have used negative comments to spur themselves onto victory. However, this is the first documented case of a sports team getting hounded by another entertainment sporting entity. In the end, if the Nuggets are going to turn it around, they will have to prevent themselves from getting “counted out” in the series.