One of the Denver Nuggets’ team buses caught fire on the Santa Monica Freeway on Sunday as the team made its way to Game 1 of its playoff series with the Lakers.
In what must have been quite a scene, Nuggets players waited on the side of the highway for 30 minutes for the other bus to pick them up. It is not believed that Carmelo Anthony was involved in the driving of the bus. The DENVER POST has the details.
“Fashionably late, forward Linas Kleiza walked into the Nuggets locker room and screamed, ‘There’s no way these guys can stop us!’
A Nuggets team bus caught on fire on the Santa Monica freeway on the way to today’s Game 1 of the Lakers-Nuggets playoffs series. No one was hurt, but a tire pop and thick black smoke forced eight players and some staff members to the side of the highway, where they waited 30 minutes for the second bus to pick them up.
Upon arrival to the Staples Center, Nuggets such as Kleiza joked that the Lakers might have something to do with the delay.
‘It was a heck of a preparation by the L.A. Lakers,’ Denver coach George Karl said in jest. ‘(General manager) Mitch Kupchak is better than I thought he was.’”
The Nuggets fell into an early hole against the Lakers after their late arrival, going down by double-digits in the first quarter.