Kenneth Faried has played his first game as a Denver Nugget. Of course, the blue trim on his jersey was several shades darker than the light blue the Nuggets are now known for and he was not running alongside Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Nene. He was part of the Jimmer All-Stars who suited up in Provo, Utah on Thursday, September 22nd.
Kalen did a great job of documenting the overwhelming consensus of Faried’s physicality from those who witnessed his performance. However, I have had Dish Network for years and happened to recall one of the many channels I have never watched was called BYUTV. It donned on me that seeing as how Jimmer Fredette is as important to Utah as Paul Bunyan is to Minnesota and Jeffrey Dahmer is to Wisconsin, they probably televised the game. Lo and behold, despite the fact we are smack dab in the middle of football season I was discovered a replay of the game and was able to view the Nuggets new acquisition with my very own eyes.
On Thursday night Jimmer Fredette hosted a casual exhibition game in Provo, Utah that mostly consisted of NBA rookies and a few collegiate ball players. Though Jimmer was unquestionably the main attraction, Kenneth Faried reportedly stole the show.
I just ran across this article and felt the need to post it since it’s so relevant to the Nuggets right now. If you have some free time, please check this out, as it will undoubtedly give you a glimpse into the many overlooked aspects of NBA players signing in China.
OK I’ll say it. China. Ugh, that word has slowly morphed into one of the most despised in my entire vocabulary. Every time I hear it, all I see is the Nuggets chances for success in the 2011-12 season dwindling right out the window, and for a die hard like me, that’s the last image I ever want flickering in my head.
Although we’ve known Gallinari has wanted to return to his old team for quite some time now (originally just to practice), as of Tuesday, Sept. 20, he is officially a member of Olimpia Milano. This breaks a streak of three former Nuggets (Smith, Ely and Chandler) signing in China, and assures Nuggets fans will get a chance to see Gallinari back in Denver this season should the lockout be resolved.
It’s quite interesting how this entire scenario has unfurled. If you remember correctly, at the beginning stages of the lockout when players were fleeing to various countries all across Europe, Wilson Chandler nearly reached an agreement with Olimpia Milano, but once the news broke that Gallinari would be interested in playing there as well, Chandler essentially killed the deal from advancing any further and abruptly signed in China — roughly 5,000 miles away.
Fast-forward one month and Gallinari has in fact rejoined his old team, Olimpia Milano. I think it’s fair to say that Chandler didn’t want to find himself in Gallinari’s shadow yet again for the third different team in a row. You can’t blame him really. I’m sure at this stage of his career he wants to carve his own career path (forfeiting a year of NBA experience to play in China is certainly one way to get it done) and breaking away from Gallinari is a vital part of this maturation process.
As for Gallo, we’ll try and keep everyone updated on his performance in Italy, but I can tell you right now that we expect big things from him. Three years of NBA experience should be more than enough exposure to allow Gallo to return to Europe and contend for the MVP right off the bat. For the big Gallinari fans who will be following him closely, keep an eye on his field goal percentage, as it’s the one area of his game that still needs drastic improvement.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, J.R. Smith has signed a one-year deal with Zhejiang Wanma of the China Basketball Association. Smith was supposedly close to reaching a deal with Shanxi but the team backed out during the final stages of the negotiation process. The earliest Smith can now return to the NBA is March. Stay tuned for further details as more information emerges.
Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos met up in the second phase of Eurobasket 2011, with Mozgov and Russia getting the best of Koufos and his Greek squad, 83-67. Still, the two most productive players on the court for either team that night played for the same team: the Denver Nuggets.
There are currently two major basketball tournaments being played worldwide, and the Denver Nuggets have four players participating in these contests. Gary Forbes is playing for Panama is the FIBA Americas Championship, while Timofey Mozgov, Danilo Gallinari and Kosta Koufos are all taking part in the EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania. Follow the link as we dive into each one of these players personal and team results, in addition to finding out what in the world Al Harrington is up to this week.