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Video: Nuggets Fans Chant ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ to Lakers amid Beef With Michael Malone

Video: Nuggets Fans Chant ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ to Lakers amid Beef With Michael Malone
Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIOctober 25, 2023

DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 24: Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone speaks in a pre-game press conference before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Ball Arena on October 24, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)

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The Denver Nuggets continued their domination of the Los Angeles Lakers with a 119-107 home win to open the 2023-24 season.

As the clock wound down on the win, Denver fans chanted “Who’s your daddy?” as a follow-up to some offseason talk that followed after the Nuggets’ 4-0 Western Conference Finals sweep over L.A. last year.

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“Who’s your daddy?” chant in Denver. pic.twitter.com/gRqwvRC81i

This string of talk began after Nuggets broadcaster Vic Lombardi called Malone the “Lakers’ daddy” during their championship celebration last June:

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“He came into this world as the son of a coach, but in these playoffs, he became the Lakers daddy!”

Vic Lombardi on Mike Malone 😅 pic.twitter.com/5MWfVRziFw

One month later, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham was asked about that amid an appearance with NBA reporters Marc Stein and Chris Haynes (h/t Jeff Smith of Sports Illustrated) on the #thisleague UNCUT podcast.

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Darvin Ham wants all the smoke 😤

(via @ChrisBHaynes, @TheSteinLine) pic.twitter.com/T5cafDyozP

“Oh, wow. You’re gonna bring up Money Mike, man? The Lakers’ daddy? That’s what they call him now? The Lakers’ daddy?” Ham said.

“God bless his soul,” Ham added. “This s–t ain’t over. God bless his soul.”

This season is far from over, but Round 1 has clearly gone to Denver, who began a title defense about as well as possible with a dominant win over the Lakers.

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