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It's hard to believe, but the NBA season is just around the corner. So come with us now as we present five tiny tidbits on each team, just to get you in the mood. Today we begin the Northwest Division, so do us a favor and send your tips to

1. Driving The Lane. Ah yes, the Denver Larks of the American Basketball Association. Those were the days. And then they were known as the Denver Rockets, winning division titles in 1970 and 1975. The name "Rockets" was derived from the Rocket Trucking Company, which had the same colors (orange and black).


2. My Name Is Earl. While playing for Golden State, the Arena would play the song "It's a Small World" whenever Earl Boykins would enter the game. His nickname: "The Double-Digit Midget."

3. Bringing Up Baby. Nen (born Maybyner Rodney Hilario on September 13, 1982 in S o Carlos, Brazil) began as a soccer player, but switched to basketball at age 14 when he tried the sport and destroyed the basket while dunking.

4. You Camby Serious. In Clothinggate last season, Marcus Camby criticized the NBA's new dress code by saying: "I don't see it happening unless every NBA player is given a stipend to buy clothes." Camby made $7.5 million that year.


5. Cut Me, Mick. Chopper Travaglini, who was the Nuggets team trainer from 1975 to 1999, is in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.