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ESPN's Rick Reilly prays for Nuggets to beat Lakers

May 27, 2009 | 11:23 am

Denver_500 columnist Rick Reilly worked at the Los Angeles Times not so many years ago and, after leaving to become rich and famous for Sports Illustrated and now the worldwide leader, is spending a lot of time back in Southern California, enjoying our climate.

But his roots are still in Denver, which is unfortunate for him but can be forgiven.

From reading his latest column on the Nuggets-Lakers series, it's pretty clear that he doesn't believe Denver has quite enough talent to win despite the presence of Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and the Birdman.

So Reilly prays for divine intervention:

"So here's the ask: Can You please let us win? Just this once?'' he writes.

"Yes, people call us the Thuggets. And yes, we are the most tatted-up group since the prison carnival hit town. And yes, Nuggets players had far and away the most technicals in the league this season. But these are good boys -- a little high-spirited perhaps -- but nice to their mothers. Hey, Carmelo Anthony hasn't punched anybody this entire year!

"An NBA title would mean so much to those of us who have waited in the standings basement all these years … like Nuggets point guard and Denver native Chauncey Billups."

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: Denver's Carmelo Anthony applauds the crowd in the closing moments of the Nuggets' victory over the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday. Credit: Rick Giase / EPA