The Denver Nuggets announced that they will retire Lafayette “Fat” Lever’s jersey. #12 will be raised ahead of their December 2nd match up with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Former Denver Nugget great Fat Lever will have his jersey retired on December 2nd when the Nuggets play the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lever was invited to today’s shoot around as a special guest but he didn’t know the announcement was coming. He was caught off guard by the gesture from team President Josh Kroenke. Lever said he “wasn’t expecting much but to spend some time and see some of the young guys and get to watch a preseason game”. Fat said he felt like he was being “Punked” and wasn’t expecting to even go on the court.
Fat Lever, the most unknown NBA triple-double machine in history. Great move by Nuggets!pic.twitter.com/ikOfo9rPY5
— Dmitry Planidin (@DemanPlan) October 10, 2017
During his six seasons with the Nuggets, 1984-90, Lever was regarded as one of the top guards in the NBA. In the 86-87 season, Lever led the NBA in triple doubles with 16. He finished second in the league the following year with 11. In the 1986-1989 seasons, Lever averaged no worse than 8.1 RPG, 7.8 APG and 18.9 PPG.
Here's a few more of Fat Lever's craziest stat lines. Remember, he was a 6'3 point guard! pic.twitter.com/Dm0hcXGIS8
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 10, 2017
Lever, who once had 8 steals in a quarter, is highly regarded by Nuggets Coach Michael Malone. Per Jeff Morton from Mile High Sports, Malone was quick to remind everyone:
“Fat Lever has more triple Doubles than Michael Jordan.”
With this being the 50th anniversary season of Denver Nuggets Basketball, the Nuggets are doing a fine job in recognizing former greats and enriching the Nuggets culture.