Nuggets to test Lakers
Denver believes it can pull off upset
The Los Angeles Lakers will be trying to get back to the NBA Finals for the second straight year while the Denver Nuggets will be trying to get there for the first time when the Western Conference finals begin tonight at
The top-seeded Lakers advanced after an erratic semifinal series against the Houston Rockets, which Los Angeles won, 4-3.
The Nuggets have been chilling since last Wednesday night, when they eliminated the Dallas Mavericks, 4-1, and advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1985.
"We're very confident," Denver's Carmelo Anthony said. "Not cocky, but confident. In the back of our minds, we know what we did to get to this point."
West, 71, said sheer adrenaline helped him get through his 14-year playing career in the 1960s and '70s, and that doctors originally thought he was perhaps just one of those people who had a benign extra beat in his heart from time to time.
It was when he left the game for the front office that the symptoms - anxiety attacks, sleeplessness, irritability - hit him hard.
West was finally diagnosed at age 42 and said he didn't start getting seriously treated until he was 50.