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As part of the 2016-17 home-opener festivities, the Denver Nuggets will retire former legend Dikembe Mutombo’s #55 jersey, President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today. Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015 and will become the fifth player and sixth representative in team history to have his number enshrined in the rafters. He joins fellow Nuggets greats Byron Beck (#40), Alex English (#2), Dan Issel (#44), David Thompson (#33) and Doug Moe, who coached the team to a franchise-record 432 wins. This will mark the first time that the Nuggets have retired a player’s number at Pepsi Center.
Jordi Fernandez is leaving his position as coach of Cavs D-League affiliate Canton Charge to join Mike Malone’s bench on the Denver Nuggets, the Charge announced Tuesday. There was no immediate word on a replacement for Fernandez who, for what it’s worth, leaves as the winningest coach in Charge history with a 62-38 record in two seasons. The Charge reached the conference finals in each of Fernandez’s two years.