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Q&A: Scott Hastings, Nuggets television analyst

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, Published: April 19, 2011

It's hard for a lot of people. I grew up in Kansas, went to school in Arkansas, have relatives in Oklahoma. I was born and raised on college sports. I understand that aspect of it. But the pro game, the talent level is unbelievable. Players we make fun of in the NBA were high school all-Americans. They were the man at one time. I was an all-American at Arkansas; I averaged a handful of minutes in the NBA. I was horrible.

What do you like about the Nuggets and the Thunder?

I see some movement with Oklahoma City, with Denver after the (Carmelo Anthony trade). I cheer for those two teams. They're a team. A community. Good in the locker room. That's good for the NBA. Goes back to team basketball. People who don't like pro basketball will see a change. When (commissioner) David Stern came in, he saved the league with stars. Magic and Bird, perfect timing. But stars almost got too big. Hopefully we're seeing a change of the polar caps.