Marlowe Blog: Rooting for the Birdman

Former Nuggets forward seeking first NBA title with Miami Heat
by Aaron Lopez

Now that the dust has settled and the Denver Nuggets are out of the playoffs, I need someone to root for to win the NBA Championship.

The Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs all have qualities to admire: athletic players, terrific coaches, and fan bases that are dying to get to the winner’s circle.

But there's one obvious choice for me.


Yes, that’s right, I want former Nuggets forward, Chris “Birdman” Andersen to win his first NBA title with the Heat.

Chris, literally and figuratively one of the most "colorful" players in the NBA, spent seven years in Denver, split into two different stints.

He was waived by the Nuggets last July and was out of the league until the Heat called in January of 2013.

Miami, needing a big man, signed Chris to a 10-day contract on Jan. 20, a second 10-day contract on Jan. 30, and for the rest of the season on Feb. 8.

In the 42 games that Andersen appeared in during the regular season, Miami went 39-3. This marked the highest winning percentage in NBA history for a player appearing in at least 40 games during a single season!

Here are a few reasons why I want Chris to win the NBA championship.

Whenever possible, I support former Nuggets – especially ones who gave the Mile High City the thrills Birdman did.

I love the way he plays hard – like a man with his Mohawk on fire!

He is a good guy – sometimes edgy, but honest and forthcoming. He also was remarkable in the community, particularly with Mount Saint Vincent, a residential center for abused and neglected children.

When I introduced Andersen to my teenage daughters one day at the Greenwood Athletic Club, he was friendly, polite and engaging.

And he remembered their names the next time around.

Finally, Chris turns 35 in July, and this may be his last chance to win an NBA title.

The stage is set.

Will “Bird” soar and put the final ball into the nest? Or will he end up with a big goose egg?

Stay tuned.

Chris Marlowe is in his ninth year as the play-by-play voice for the Nuggets on Altitude. He is a longtime broadcaster who also served as the captain of the gold media-winning U.S. Olympic volleyball team in 1984.