“They are a major contender”: Nuggets legends Alex English and Fat Lever reflect on Denver’s start

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The Nuggets’ 9-1 start to the regular season had Fat Lever's phone buzzing. The national spotlight cast on Denver prompted some of Lever's former teammates like Wayne Cooper and Danny Schayes to reach out to reminisce about their 1980's glory days when they were racing up and down the floor at the old McNichols Sports Arena.

“A lot of the old guys started calling me," Lever told BSN Denver by phone. “We’re all talking with each other about the team, sending out stupid text messages, yelling at (Nuggets television analyst) Bill Hanzlik. Coop called me the other day and said, ‘Nobody had a better record than we did at 12-2 in 1984-85.' I’m like, ‘Coop, don’t even make me think back that far!'”

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