Even Denver Nuggets sixth man Bruce Brown knows that playing in the Mile High City requires a tank of energy and a massive breathing room.
Brown told Brandon Robinson of Bally Sports that from the day he arrived as a Nugget, he made major adjustments to playing in Denver given its suffocating altitude.
“Oh yeah. Hundred percent,” Brown told Robinson if he found struggles on Denver’s altitude.
“At first, you’re going to get tired. We get used to it when we get back (home), but other teams are gassed. And that’s how I was when I was playing for Brooklyn and Detroit. When I got (to Denver), there were quick subs because the first time down I was dead tired – literally the first time up and down.”
For the record, Denver is situated at a 5,280-foot altitude, handing players in town limited breathing room due to lower air pressure and decreased oxygen levels. Many also suffer from symptoms of sickness in relation to the high elevation of the landmass of the city.
Throughout the playoffs, the Nuggets maintained its tradition of reminding opponents about Denver’s high altitude. On Thursday’s Game 1 of the Finals, NBA TV analysts Charles Barkley and Grant Hill have to take oxygen masks to help them in breathing.
Brown and the Nuggets draw first blood in their Finals opener against the Miami Heat. They will resume the series on Sunday for Game 2.