The Denver Nuggets changed the face of their organization in a brief moment last week, trading Carmelo Anthony(notes) and Chauncey Billups(notes) for Danilo Gallinari(notes), Wilson Chandler(notes), Raymond Felton(notes), Timofey Mozgov(notes), and a box of 1990 SkyBox basketball cards. OK, that last item may not have been involved, but no one can deny that it would've helped sweeten the pot.
In that deal, though, the team was left with a leadership void. It needed someone to step up and take control of the locker room. And that person, somewhat surprisingly, has been impending free agent Kenyon Martin(notes). From Mark Kiszla for the Denver Post:
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Martin is the true grit of the new Nuggets. He refused to accept losing with the departure of Anthony and Billups.
"Why would I think that way? If I think that way, I might as well shut it down," Martin said. "I miss Melo. I miss Chauncey. I love them to death. But it's about us who are here now."
This role is all the more fascinating