Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
Ten student-athletes from the Red Cloud Indian School, just outside Pine Ridge on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, got the chance to play at a professional arena when they scrimmaged during the halftime of the Denver Nuggets-Sacramento Kings game Saturday night in Denver.
This was the third year athletes from Red Cloud have been invited to scrimmage during a Nuggets game. Lisa Johnson is the Nuggets’ executive director of Basketball Administration and says she invited the students to participate to recognize their perseverance and excellence in the classroom.
In addition to getting to play at the Pepsi Center during halftime, the Red Cloud students also got to see Denver beat Sacramento 101-95 and tie a franchise record with their 15th straight win.
The team wasn’t even the Nuggets or in the NBA the other time they won 15 straight; they were the Denver Rockets of the ABA. It happened on January 25, 1970…6 years before the oldest current Denver player, guard Andre Miller, was born.