Found December 09, 2011 on
Ball Don't Lie:
One byproduct of the concurrent free-agent period and training camp is that several teams are playing with smaller-than-usual rosters. If a player's not signed, he can't be in camp, and it takes time to get incoming and departing deals sorted out. In a few weeks, camps will probably be full. For now, most aren't.
Yet some teams have it harder than others. The Denver Nuggets, loaded with free agents like Nene, Kenyon Martin, Arron Afflalo, the China-bound J.R. Smith, Gary Forbes, and more, have it the worst. In fact, their initial camp roster may be the smallest in NBA history (via Kevin Pelton). They only have seven players: Chris Andersen, Danilo Gallinari, Al Harrington, Kosta Koufos, Ty Lawson, Andre Miller, and Timofey Mozgov.
It's a wonder how they'll even be able to run enough drills to have an effective camp. Luckily, BDL has obtained a special list of their planned activities. Check it out after the jump.
2011 DENVER NUGGETS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE -- SATU...
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Kosta Koufos may yet be done growing.
The 7-foot Koufos, who is 22, was told by a doctor this offseason that his growth plates were still open. And while he isn’t taller than he was last season, the possibility remains that Koufos could inch higher.
Or broader. Koufos, a three-year veteran, said this morning that his wingspan is now 7-7.
It may all be extremely relevant to the...
So on opening night, will Al Harrington be the Nuggets' starting power forward? Will he even be a member of the Nuggets? Or will he return to his reserve role?
JR Smith won’t be in the NBA this season but that isn’t stopping him from finding his groove in China. His team Zhejiang Chouzhou is currently on a 5-game winning streak and JR added the explanation point to the most recent victory with a 46-points-10 rebounds performance.
and then there’s this:
This afternoon, coach George Karl stopped practice to passionately tell his team to start playing like one.
The Nuggets’ offense doesn’t have a Carmelo. Yet some players were practicing with a one-on-one/superstar mindset during five-on-five drills. That’s not going to fly in Denver. So in just the second practice of the season, Karl began hammering home his mindset.
Danilo Gallinari is a budding star in the NBA and a superstar in his native Italy, but he only started a couple games this fall because his coach in Milan figured the lockout would end – and the coach wanted to his starters to bond on the court.
“It was a little bit (weird) — I wasn’t used to it, but it was for the good of the team,” the Nuggets forward said this afternoon...
The groom wore Nike.Timofey Mozgov and his bride-to-be sat in a Las Vegas limo as the chauffeur drove to the Little White Wedding Chapel, pulling into the "Tunnel of Vows," a drive-through where
When Danilo Gallinari arrived in New York in 2008, the city couldn’t get enough of him. What was he wearing, where was he going – it’s as if he was dating a Kardashian. But after being traded to Denver last season as part of the deal for Carmelo Anthony, the fervor screeched to a halt. [...]
Beijing 101, Zhejiang 98: Both JR Smith and his Zhejiang squad came into this game about as hot as it gets. Smith? He’s scored 98 points in his last two outings. The team? They’ve won five in a row. Despite 43 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists from JR, their win streak came to an end on their own floor at the hands of the undefeated (9-0) Beijing Ducks.
The Nuggets — or what was left of the Nuggets — put on their practice jerseys for what George Karl called "a weird beginning of a weird season."
The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday they have signed restricted free-agent forward Gary Forbes to an offer sheet. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
The Denver Nuggets are expected to receive the offer sheet today. Under the terms of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, beginning Sunday the Nuggets will have three days to match [...]
J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler are still in China. In fact, Smith dropped 46 points the other night (via nba247365.com). Which on the surface is what they should have expected — from the start the proud Chinese Basketball Association said it was not going to allow teams to rent NBA players during the lockout. The…
The Nuggets have tendered an offer to restricted free agent Luc Mbah a Moute.
According to league sources, Milwaukee matched a four-year, $18.7 million offer by the Denver Nuggets on Saturday and retained restricted free agent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.