John Welch is Denver Nuggets' workaholic assistant coach
The rising sun is being smothered by night's Iguodala-like defense as the player coasts across the empty road, headed to the Pepsi Center for practice, four hours beforehand. He has an appointment with the wizard.
"It's dark, dark, dark, but I'm going to work," said second-year Nuggets guard Julyan Stone, who after this 7 a.m. private session will practice with the team at 11 — and then again at 7 p.m. "If you don't love being in the gym, then you have a problem, and I think John Welch loves being in the gym more than anybody on the team."
You don't know John Welch. But he's the Nuggets' secret weapon, a workout wizard, an eternal gym rat, George Karl's consigliere.
-- Denver Post