Chauncey Billups gets apology from Nuggets, Josh Kroenke -- but will fans accept it?

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Josh Kroenke.
For fans, the most painful part of the Carmelo Anthony trade was watching Chauncey Billups, a hometown hero who made no secret of his desire to stay in Denver, get dragged to New York in order to help fulfill Melo's big-time fantasies. Understanding that, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke (son of owner Stan) apologized to Billups and his family yesterday -- an unusual gesture, but one that probably won't heal all wounds.

Some basketball observers may have been surprised when more Nuggets loyalists lamented Billups' departure than Anthony's. After all, Melo's stat line is typically much more impressive than that registered by the former University of Colorado standout. But this reaction ignores the emotional component of fandom. Simply put, Billups is the kind of athlete who we see all too rarely these days. On the court, he's a terrific teammate willing to sacrifice his own glory in order to assist other players. Off it, he's a natural role model who truly cares about his city and consistently walks his talk.

Billups' knowledge of the game makes him a natural to become a head coach or a basketball executive when he's done playing -- and the Nuggets should absolutely make bringing him back under the franchise's umbrella a priority when that sad day comes. Until then, we'll continue to root for this particular Denver hero no matter what uni he's wearing.

Look below to watch a Denver Post video featuring highlights of the press conference featuring young Kroenke and executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.

More from our Sports archive: "Carmelo Anthony on Conan: Melo rejected Denver but still loves Denver omelettes (VIDEO)."

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Mp136129
Mp136129

Fuck the petulant Melo and his selfish ways. His post game interview in NY tonight made me sick. The smart boy glasses. What a dildo. Losing Billups because of this shit bag is inexcusable.

stan's wife
stan's wife

I'm pissed that we had to give up Chauncey so Melo's punk ass could go to N.Y. Melo's half hearted play and his whiny twitter rants are salt on the wound that is Chauncey's absence.

Johnsobs
Johnsobs

Not me. I love Chauncey as much as anyone, but this team is better off with Ty Lawson. The move makes basketball sense. If only Kroenke would say that instead of apologizing...

Al
Al

Oh bull. That's a steaming pile of Kroenke. You're telling me that people wouldn't have gladly done a trade with Ty Lawson, less money, another player? Fans can accept losing Carmelo, but this is obviously what it is, the Kroenkes once again screwing over the fans and pretending it's love. Can we trade the Kroenkes ... to an overseas league? I'm voting with my wallet. I vow not to spend another dime at the Pepsi Center or on Nugget merchandise until we get either a Championship or Chauncey back. Who is with me?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

The long, drawn-out Melo trade saga definitely seemed to take its toll on the team. Did you see the game last night against Memphis? It was as if a giant weight had been lifted off the players' shoulders. Thanks for posting.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Johnsobs, I understand where you're coming from. I'm a big Ty Lawson fan, too, and I think he's ready to blossom. He looked great last night. Thanks for posting.

Guest
Guest

I AM WITH YOU! I have tickets to the game tonight and I'm going to make a sign to that effect. Hopefully we can start a boycott

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Guest, let us know what kind of reaction you get to your sign. Thanks for posting.

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