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Denver Nuggets
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Conference Western
Division Northwest
Founded 1967
History Denver Rockets
1967–1974 (ABA)
Denver Nuggets
1974–1976 (ABA)
1976–present (NBA)
Arena Pepsi Center
Location Denver, Colorado
Team colors Midnight blue, sunshine yellow, Flatirons red, skyline blue
Main sponsor Western Union
President Josh Kroenke
General manager Vacant
Head coach Michael Malone
Ownership Ann Walton Kroenke
Affiliation(s) None
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 11
ABA: 3 (1970, 1975, 1976)
NBA: 8 (1977, 1978, 1985, 1988, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2019)
Retired numbers 7 (2, 12, 33, 40, 44, 55, 432)
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The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA), but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974. After the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets.

The team has had some periods of success, qualifying for the ABA Playoffs for all seasons from 1967 to the 1976 ABA playoffs where it lost in the finals. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA–NBA merger and qualified for the NBA playoffs in nine consecutive seasons in the 1980s and ten consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2013. However, it has not made an appearance in a championship round since its last year in the ABA; as such, they are also the only of the four surviving former ABA teams to have never reached the NBA Finals. The Nuggets play their home games at Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

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