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Nuggets Face Bulls In Classic Mismatch

Sun., Feb. 1, 1998

It’s not often that these historic confluences occur. It would be like Thomas Jefferson meeting Millard Fillmore, or Babe Ruth meeting Mario Mendoza.

Arguably the greatest NBA team ever, the Bulls of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, play what looks like the worst NBA team ever, the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets, on Monday night.

The Nuggets, who improved their mark to just 4-40 with a 110-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Denver Saturday night - only their second win in 27 games - will have to pick up their pace to avoid matching the all-time futility mark of 9-73 established by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.

And now it gets worse for the Nuggets. The Super Bowl parade is over.

“The Broncos’ success (was) able to deflect some of the attention,” veteran Bryant Stith said. “It gave us a chance to lie in the wings and take our beatings quietly without any further magnification.”

But now they’re being watched, and it’s ugly - but for the Clippers, the Nuggets would be 2-42.

Rookie out two months

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Derek Anderson will not require surgery but will miss 6-8 weeks with a partially torn ligament in his right knee.

Anderson, whose two knee operations in college caused many teams to pass on him in the NBA draft, was injured Friday night at Indiana.

A Dino return?

He’s doing well overseas and enjoying it. But the NBA is still tugging at Dino Radja’s heartstrings and, of course, his purse strings.

Already, there is evidence that the former Boston Celtics center is interested in exploring a return to the league he just departed. And according to his agent, Marc Fleisher, there is interest in the 6-foot-11-inch Radja.

Radja’s deal with Panathinaikos has the obligatory “out” clause after this season, allowing him to play anywhere except for a rival team in Greece.

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