Comedian and improv-theater founder Chris Trew is a New Orleans Pelicans superfan who has a single season ticket directly behind the visitors’ bench inside New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, where he often heckles the opposing team’s players and coaches. He will be documenting some of his interactions with players and coaches here for us in a regular column called, Behind the Bench. You can follow his in-game interactions live on Twitter at @Trew2theGame. The Pelicans’ opponent in this column: the Denver Nuggets, who visited the Smoothie King Center on Nov. 17.
The Denver Nuggets are not flashy. They don’t jump out of their seats on an and-1 basket, and they barely fraternize during the game. Team spirit was severely lacking until the game was completely out of hand with a few minutes to go, when it was safe to show enthusiasm. Here are some notes I made about the team during the course of the game.
— Near the end of the first quarter, Mike Miller was sent into the game by coach Mike Malone. While the 12-minute mark passed before the Florida alum was able to check in, he didn’t let that get him down. He returned to the bench with a big grin on his face, pestering his teammates with “How did I do?!” questions. Their reactions — which were half-assed chuckles from a few, blank stares from most — told me that Miller has definitely made this joke before.
— The last time Jameer Nelson played basketball in New Orleans it was for the Dallas Mavericks. Our interactions were playful enough that he followed me on Twitter later that day. At our reunion last night, Jameer approached me wanting to know if he was safe from my wrath. He was. However, the Pelicans were spared from his wrath as Nelson sliced us up pretty good in the 4th.
— Mountain Dew paid for lots of time on the big screen throughout the game and the first time that logo appeared, Nuggets assistant coach Ryan Bowen elbowed the coach sitting to his left and said “look at that Mountain Dew.” This happened a few more times throughout the night. I was never able to ask what the interest was in the soda sponsorship. Maybe Ryan Bowen just really likes Mountain Dew.