B/R Exit Interview with Legendary NBA Trainer Jim Gillen

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B/R Exit Interview with Legendary NBA Trainer Jim Gillen
David Zalubowski

Since Jim Gillen started serving as the athletic trainer for the Denver Nuggets at the start of the 1991-92 season, he's seen and done quite a bit. 

Attending every single game and practice over the course of 23 seasons—even if two were shortened by lockouts—means a lot of taped ankles (more than 15,000, by his estimate), a lot of players who have limped off the court with the support of a shoulder and, above all else, a lot of memories. 

There are certain people in the NBA whose brains are so filled with stories that you can't help but pick them, and Gillen is one of those people. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to do exactly that on behalf of Bleacher Report.

Now that the longtime Nuggets veteran is moving on to the next stage of his life and leaving his team behind, he was able to regale me with a few tales about his favorite players and stories of the past, as well as provide me with some insight into the current and future Denver squad. 

Between experiencing a prank war with a well-known personality, treating plenty of All-Stars and watching legends enter and leave the Pepsi Center (and the McNichols Sports Arena before that), Gillen has done it all. 

The sweater vests will never be forgotten in the Mile High City. 

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