Fernandez to miss remainder of season

According to the Denver Post, Nuggets shooting guard, Rudy Fernandez, will miss the rest of the 2011-12 campaign with a back injury. He has already missed over one-third of the season with various injuries. Fernandez is set to become a restricted free agent after this season although it’s hard to see him remaining with the Nuggets moving considering how crowded the roster already is. This should open up more playing time for Corey Brewer and Wilson Chandler, as well as Jordan Hamilton when the team is depleted.

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Kalen Deremo

Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • al68

    Suerte, y que estes recuperado para los JJ.OO, y lo hagas mejor que en denver porque ha sido bastante decepcionante.

  • GK4Prez

    Is this the reason why he never tried to drive to the bucket? If it is, then he was being selfish and putting himself before the team.

    • Kyle Obergfell

      come on dude. He obviously was in a lot of pain.
      You’re going to say that?
      Real classy.

      • GK4Prez

        I am just posing a question, and I think it is a legitimate question to ask. al68 pointed out that he injured his back playing in Spain a month before he joined the Nuggets.

        I will give him the benefit of the doubt and go with the he thought it would get better, so he tried to play through the pain scenario. But, even that raises some doubt because he was out before the trade deadline and wanted to attempt another comeback. I don’t know if he went to the Nuggets FO and said that he might have to shut it down and opt for another surgery or not, but if he didn’t and he announced this one week after the trade deadline, then yes, I think he was putting himself before the team.

        It was just a few days ago where he made a comment to the media about how he would love to continue playing in the States if he could get a decent contract.

        As for Rudy the player, he does pass well, at times his defense was better than I thought it would be, and he has provided some games that really helped the team out. But, he didn’t drive to the bucket, his long ball is nothing to write home about and that is basically all he shoots.

        Does anyone want to see the Nuggets resign him after this season?

        • Kyle Obergfell

          Ok.. I see your point.

          But there would seem an optimum level of
          toughness where somebody wants to play in pain,
          but below a point where they begin to hurt the team
          way more than help. This is not an easy thing
          to do subjectively. Someone else needs to make that
          call.. namely the coach or boss…

          Nene for example. A lot was made this year of him
          just not having much toughness at all.
          Then if your point is legit.. (not saying it is or isn’t)..
          then Rudy would be on the opposite side of that.

          I think anyone can identify with this.. how some people
          go to work with varying levels of injury and illness that
          others would call in sick for in the first five minutes.

          Out of the two… I’m pretty sure which one I would
          rather have on my team.

          • Kyle Obergfell

            Re; seeing him back.
            That all hinges on his health doesn’t it?

            I think we’ve seen what he’s capable of when
            he’s feeling good.
            I would hate to see him go, especially after we
            lucked in to getting him.. and throw it away..
            if surgery took care of this problem once in for
            all.. it sounds like a herniated disk.. I don’t think
            spasms can get surgery other than a nerve block,
            and that wouldn’t end the season.

            I’ve had this problem.
            If he played through what I’ve been through..
            All I can say is wow.
            He’s one tough son of a bitch.

  • al68

    Rudy ya se lesiono de la espalda este año cuando jugo en el Real Madrid, un mes antes de ir a Denver.

  • Kyle Obergfell

    Does anyone remember when we were 14-5??
    Does anyone remember how all of us were giddy
    and thanking Dallas for the gift?
    This was before Brewer really arrived..
    Anyone remember Faried’s first field goal of his
    NBA career?

    I remember. I think that was the real Rudy.

    Fix that back Rudy.. I for one can’t wait to see
    you again 100% and once again..being the
    magician I saw in January.

    • Aaron

      Doubt You’ll See Him in a Nuggets Uniform Again. So Don’t Stress Yourself Over Seeing Him in a Nuggets Uniform.

      • Kyle Obergfell

        How thoughtful of you Aaron.. thank you!!!

        But since he’s signed through the 2012-13
        season.. I will leave that decision up to
        The Nuggets.. .
        That is .. if that’s alright with you…

  • Andrew

    Somebody told me today that Rudy has had this back issue since Trevor Ariza hit him with a cheap shot during a blowout back when Rudy was playing for Portland. Does anyone on here know anything about that? If true, that is a crime. Rudy seems to have talent but never really got it together this year…and his shot certainly wasn’t as good as advertised. Maybe the back has been the reason all along.

    • GK4Prez

      It was a hard foul, and I am sure it is where the injury initially developed.


      • Kyle Obergfell

        WOW!! was that some bullshit???
        Wow. how about those Lakers??

        There’s no way.. no way…
        that this didn’t have something.. if not everything
        to do with Rudy’s back problems.

        That sick fuck loser Trevor Ariza.
        We can call the Lakers the NYJ of the NBA.
        And guess what?? He didn’t miss a day of work and
        was not fined a penny.

        Tell that to Gary Payton right now.
        Unless I am mistaken, he is spending the upcoming
        football season watching at home for encouraging
        players to do this.. but none actually did.

        • Kyle Obergfell

          ok I need to dial that one back a bit…

          I totally am a Rudy fan.

          I totally despise any and all things to do
          with the creepy cast of nasties known
          as the LA Lakers…

          Ariza probably didn’t mean to jeopardize
          Rudy’s career and long term health.

          But it still would have to be the Lakers…

        • Mitch

          You mean Sean Payton? Lol

          • Kyle Obergfell

            Yeah.. I got my BB and FB mixed up!!

            But maybe a Freudian slip..
            Gary Payton was once of the best defensive guards
            to ever play basketball. The one guy that could
            contain Michael Jordan.. ironically.. that guy’s coach
            is now our coach. Karl coached him in Seattle and
            in Milwaukee..

            I wish there was a little Gary Payton in AAA.
            or any of our guards.

  • Andrew

    Also, I do hope this means Stone and J Ham will get more playing time. Might as well see if these guys can play, right?

    • Kyle Obergfell

      Makes sense to me..
      but will it make sense to GK??
      I can’t make sense of what makes sense to GK…

  • Brett

    In other news, check out Nene’s line from tonight’s Wizards-Pacers game: 31 MIN, 3-9 FGM-A, 0-2 FTM-A, 5 RB, 3 TO, 6 PTS.

    Nuggets should have no seller’s remorse.

    • Kyle Obergfell

      5 rebounds. As pathetic as his offense was…
      5 rebounds.
      Indy’s C Hibbert got 5 rebounds on offense alone.

      Not to mention.. Indy C, SF, PF got 19, 16, 13 pts

      I don’t know who will hate us more…
      NYK fans or Wizard fans.

  • nugznazty

    lets also not forget that rudy and brewer were essentially band aids for a depleted roster at the start of the season. a 2nd round pic..all we gave up. we got two awesome highlights out of him.. faried dunk and his tip in as time expired. the kids a baller when healthy

  • http://espn.com Chris

    Should gave kept Jr Smith, well thats that.

  • Max Ireland

    JR was a huge liability healthy. Rudy was only a liability when he was hurt. Hopefully he gets better and returns to being the killer he was in Portland. I wish Andre would leave already! I’d take an injured Rudy running point over that old dog. Anyone else seeing Anthony Carter-like symptoms in Andres game? I shudder every time he checks in

  • Harris

    Nuggets should have signed Baron Davis instead of trading for Andre Miller. Much cheaper and according to a poll he’s better: http://www.nbagauntlet.com

  • Jrsmithisnumber1

    I like Rudy and wouldn’t mind to see him resigned, I always hated him while he was in portland. If we can’t sign him no big deal we have Brewer and Chandler.

  • eddi0

    Dump him, we need a pure shooter at the 2 (Korver/Redick), something we don’t have. This will allow better spacing for our “post” players. Rudy gives some assists but his three-ball has been lost since his rookie year. Adios Senor Fernandez.

  • Peter

    I have always liked Rudy’s energy and playmaking ability, but his lack of defense and poor shooting percentage is killer. I don’t think it’s a matter of effort for Rudy, he’s just a slender guy without the lateral quickness that Corey Brewer has which is a bad combination for defense. He’s always been a solid role player, but not one I ever see getting big minutes on a championship level team. We will miss some good moments, but losing Rudy Fernandez doesn’t really affect the Nuggets at all short term or long term.