Well, it was fun while it lasted.

After their fourth one-game “homestand” of the season, the Denver Nuggets practiced Tuesday before flying to Atlanta to open a five-game road trip Wednesday against the Hawks.

The trip, Denver’s longest of the season, will also include stops in Indiana, New York, Detroit and Minnesota. The Nuggets already have played 12 road games, while Atlanta has played 14 games total.

Their travel itineraries brought them together. Their love of the game did the rest.

Nuggets coach George Karl remembers first getting to know Rick Majerus while working at the Pete Newell Big Man camp at Stanford University in 1986. They made an instant connection and their friendship blossomed over the next 25 years.

“We kind of ran into each other at the airport and rented a car together and hung out for about three days eating a lot and drinking a lot of beer,” Karl said after Nuggets practice Sunday.

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