Nuggets turn focus to family, community during Christmas

Darrell Arthur, Wilson Chandler among those devoting their time
by Aaron Lopez

Clue No. 1 you belong to a big family: You lose track of your birth order.

“I think I’m fourth or fifth,” Denver Nuggets forward Quincy Miller said.

A few hours later, Miller corrects himself again. He is the sixth of 13 children, which always made for a chaotic, but memorable, Christmas.

“It was always fun,” Miller said. “It was a big family gathering. A lot food, a lot of games, a lot of jokes.”

Given two days off before the Nuggets practice Miller, 21, planned to spend Christmas with his mom and a few siblings in North Carolina.

Teammate Wilson Chandler also headed East, taking part in a toy drive in his hometown of Benton Harbor, Mich., on Christmas Eve.

“It’s a small town, so I know a lot of the kids personally,” Chandler said. “It’ll be good just to be around the kids. This is going to be my first year, but I’m going to try to do it every year.”

Closer to home, forward Darrell Arthur spent part of his Christmas Eve serving lunch and visiting with families at The Crossing, a residential community operated by the Denver Rescue Mission.

The Crossing helps provide housing and services for individuals and families who are trying to get back on their feet.

After spending time with their families and helping in the community, the Nuggets will return to practice on Thursday.