Tonight Vic Lombardi released this tweet in regards to Nene’s future as a Nugget: “Karl told me Nene WILL be here”
Also from Lombardi was this little nugget: “Karl says he expects Mozgov [to] play 20-23 minutes a game next year.”
I don’t know what to make of these tweets at the moment. Though I’d love to believe Nene will re-sign, there’s still so much that can happen between now and when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is settled. Nene has been pretty vocal about his feelings, stating as recently as a few weeks ago, “I’ve been here for nine years… If that doesn’t work out how you want it, you need to sit down and evaluate everything and see what you can do… I did my best for the team, for the city. I tried to do my best for the fans. But the (Nuggets) need to understand you need to see the return on the other side, or you need to look for it… When you don’t feel appreciated, it’s hard.”
If you’d like to hear more from Karl, he’s going to be appearing on 102.3 the Ticket, Friday, May 20, at 8:45 a.m.
Also from the Twitter Universe, this time via Chris Tomasson: “Among the players the Nuggets are taking hard look at with No. 22 pick in the first round is Morehead State rugged rebounder Kenneth Faried.”
This is great news for Nuggets fans. As I detailed in my “Prospecting” piece on May 14, Faried is the No. 1 guy the Nuggets should be targeting come draft day. He’s the best rebounder in college basketball history, a ferocious defender and has a motor the size of an aircraft carrier (metaphorically speaking). He’s basically everything this Nuggets team has needed for years all in one package: toughness, tenacity on the glass, a willingness to box out, etc. The only thing that worries me is that Faried won’t be around by the time the Nuggets select at No. 22 in the first round. According to Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress as well as Chad Ford of ESPN.com, Faried was already one of the most impressive players on the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago. If he keeps up the impressive workouts it’s hard to imagine Faried still being around by the time we pick, but we can always have hope!
(UPDATE: Here’s a link to a Kenneth Faried interview for those interested. He seems like a good kid, who’s ready to contribute to an NBA team through his hard work and rebounding right away. He supposedly lives by the motto, “If you want to score, you have to rebound.” When asked what his scoring high will be 10-15 years down the road Faried laughed, then said, “I really don’t know. I can’t tell you that one, but I plan on my rebounding high to be at 30, 30-plus.” Also when asked if he would like to be a Defensive Player of the Year down the road, he replied, “Yes, that’s a great goal of mine. I fully expect either one day becoming the Defensive Player of the Year or if I don’t, I’m gonna keep pushing myself until I become that.”
Another guy Nuggets fans might want to start keeping an eye on is Marshon Brooks out of Providence. This guy also had one of the three most impressive showings on the first day of the Draft Combine according to Chad Ford, and could still be around when the Nuggets select in the first round. He was originally penned as a second rounder, but his stock is rising fast. He’s drawn comparisons to Kobe (key word: “comparisons“) and at 6-foot-5, could be a potentially perfect candidate to replace J.R. should he leave. We’ll certainly cover these two guys more down the road, but I just wanted to give the readers of Roundball a heads up about trending prospects the Nuggets might be targeting.
Again, the best way to receive all this information fresh daily is to follow me on Twitter @24kGoldenChild.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the “Should he stay, or should he go: J.R. Smith” column where Jeremy and I share some friendly banter over whether J.R. should remain a Nugget or move on in a different direction.
(UPDATE: If you haven’t seen this video yet, well then, now’s the time. There’s a few things I hate about the Thunder — mainly the beyond mundane child-like logo, seemingly irrelevant name (until tonight, at least), garish uniform colors and the whole fact that they straight up hijacked a franchise from one of the best cities and fan-bases in America — but I’m having a really hard time not rooting for this team, and city these days. Durant is one of the most likable guys in all of sports and the everything you’d ever want in a franchise player, meanwhile Sam Presti is the best GM in the NBA and the fans are appearing to be some of the most hardcore too. The Thunder, as a franchise right now is just unreal.)