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The Diary of Mark Pope - Entry One
Congratulations! If you have clicked over to this page then you have proven yourself to be a DIE HARD Nuggets fan. Heck, if you even know who I am you should consider yourself one of the foremost experts on Nuggets trivia. For the record my name is Mark Pope. I am a 32-year-old NBA journeyman who has spent the last thirteen months as a member of the Denver Nuggets. In that time I have played in only four games and scored a grand total of two points. Not exactly Carmelo Anthony numbers. Nonetheless, I am proud to be an NBA player and a member of this team. Read more...


The Diary of Mark Pope - Entry Two
TESTS! One thing fans might not know about our team is that we have tests. We have a test before every game. The coaches give us an oral exam on the player tendencies of the opposing team. What are player tendencies? Basically, it is a scouting report on individual players—their strengths and weaknesses and habits. Each game we get a scouting report that includes our opponent's plays, our offensive and defensive priorities for the game, and the player tendencies of each player on the opposing team. Learning the scouting report is our HOMEWORK. Here is an example of how a player tendency report might read. Read more...


The Diary of Mark Pope - Entry Three
The worst thing about losing on the road is travelling after the game. It is never fun to travel after a loss. Tonight is a perfect example. We just lost to the Golden State Warriors. It is 1:00 a.m. and we are sitting in our plane waiting to fly back to Denver. The frustration and fatigue born of a six-game losing streak is tangible. And the safe haven of our respective homes is still a few hours away. We should land in Denver around 3:00 and I should be home by 4:00. Such is life on the road in the NBA. Read more...


The Diary of Mark Pope - Entry Four
Play in May. That is the hope of every NBA basketball player. If you are playing in May, then you are in the playoffs, and that is where the best basketball in the world is played. If you are playing in May, then you have a chance to win a ring in June. If you are playing in May, then you can wear shorts and sandals to practice! There is nothing better than playing in May. Read more...


The Diary of Mark Pope - Entry Five
38-3. That was the San Antonio Spurs home court record during the regular season. It is very impressive. Especially considering that there were only three teams in the NBA with less than 10 home losses. Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat had the second best home court record in the NBA, and they had TWICE as many losses as the Spurs did. Read more...