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Posted: Monday May 2, 2005 3:23PM; Updated: Monday May 2, 2005 3:26PM
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Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. (MDT) -- In the Nuggets locker room, as Carmelo Anthony gets dressed, I notice he's wearing USA Basketball socks. I tell him I thought he would've given those away after Larry Brown Milicic'ed him at the Olympics. "They were the only clean pair I had," he says with a smirk.

Saturday, April 30, 8:30 p.m. (MDT) -- Just before tip-off, the National Anthem is performed by Tom Kiefer, lead singer of Cinderella.

Saturday, April 30, 9:19 p.m. (MDT) -- Strange game here. Tim Duncan can't hit anything, 'Melo can't get going. Both teams seem listless. Manu Ginobili is unstoppable off the bench, with his zig-zag drives to the basket.

Saturday, April 30, 9:44 p.m. (MDT) -- I love Earl Boykins, but he causes almost as many problems for the Nuggets as he does for San Antonio.

Saturday, April 30, 10:57 p.m. (MDT) -- The Nuggets lose, and Melo gets thrown out with a few seconds left after delivering a hard foul to Ginobili's face. On the record, 'Melo thought it was a hard-played and well-officiated game.

Saturday, April 30, 10:59 p.m. (MDT) -- Off the record, he's not as kind.

Saturday, April 30, 11:30 p.m. (MDT) -- Tim Duncan stops me in a Pepsi Center hallway for our regular 10-minute discussion on video games. He reports he still can't get into Metal Gear Solid 3.

Sunday, May 1, 12:17 a.m. (MDT) -- Get back to the room and crash ... but not until watching a full cycle of ESPNews.

Sunday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. (MDT) -- Wake up to a column in the Denver Post from Woody Paige suggesting the Rockies build huge plexiglass extensions to the outfield fences. The trip gets more surreal.

Sunday, May 1, 1:08 p.m. (MDT) -- At Nuggets practice at the Pepsi Center. George Karl tells an entertaining story about getting kneed in a bad place while playing in the ABA.

Sunday, May 1, 1:41 p.m. (MDT) -- 'Melo and I sit and talk about the season for a feature in an upcoming issue of SLAM. He compares the way he felt early in the season to Tom Hanks when he was going crazy in Castaway.

Sunday, May 1, 2:19 p.m. (MDT) -- It's snowing again.

Sunday, May 1, 3:48 p.m. (MDT) -- You know you've traveled too much when you arrive at the airport and you have no idea what airline you're on.

Sunday, May 1, 8:33 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) -- Somewhere over Chicago, I develop a rule: On planes with three seats in a row, the person next to the window gets the wall, the aisle person gets the aisle, but the middle person -- me, in this case -- gets both armrests.

Sunday, May 2, 1:21 a.m. (EDT) -- Home on the couch, spell-checking this column. Tomorrow morning, back to work. Am I complaining? Nope. Would I do it again tomorrow? Nope. Unless there's a million bucks involved ...

Lang Whitaker is the online editor at SLAM magazine and writes daily at http://www.SLAMonline.com. He'll get to the Atlanta Braves (and regular links) next week.