7 Hidden and Surprising Facts about Denver Nuggets
1. The Denver Nuggets were originally called the Denver Rockets when they were founded in 1967 as a part of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
2. Denver Nuggets' mascot, Rocky the Mountain Lion, was named after the Rocky Mountains, which are located just west of the city.
3. The Nuggets played their first game at the McNichols Sports Arena in 1975, and moved to the Pepsi Center (now called Ball Arena) in 1999.
4. During the 2012-2013 season, the Nuggets set an NBA record for most consecutive home wins in a season with 38.
5. The Nuggets hold an annual "Fan Fest" event, where fans can meet players, take part in activities, and get autographs.
6. The Nuggets were the first professional basketball team to have a female assistant coach, when they hired Stephanie Ready in 2001.
7. In 2021, the Nuggets hired former WNBA player and coach Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to be a full-time NBA assistant coach.