Found December 16, 2011 on SLAM Online:
by Cub Buenning / @cubbuenning Two years ago, Jordan Hamilton was one of the nation’s top prep recruits coming out of L.A.’s Dominguez High School. After finally deciding on the University of Texas, the 6-8 swingman followed up an up-and-down freshman campaign with an impressive sophomore season. With averages of 18 points and 8 rebounds and a pro-ready body, Hamilton decided he was ready to test the NBA waters and most thought he would end up somewhere midway through the first round. Just days before the Draft, however, rumors began to swirl around some negative quotes made by JHam’s college coach Rick Barnes and the fallout led to a slight drop in his stock. It surely came as a surprise to those close to Hamilton that his preordained lottery-destined future was suddenly not realistic. His name was finally uttered toward the end of the first round at No. 26 by the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks. The natural scorer’s rights spent just a second in Dallas as he was promptly traded...

Over And Back: With The Drama and Real Madrid Behind Him, Rudy Fernandez Gets A Fresh Start In Denver

In the early morning hours in Madrid, Spain, Rudy Fernandez packed his bags and prepared for the nearly fifteen-hour flight to Denver when he received an unexpected call from his new head coach. George Karl explained to Fernandez everything was going to be alright with the Denver Nuggets, with Karl already carving out a “Sixth Man” role for the 6'-6" swing guard on...

Do the Nuggets know what they’re doing?

Hey statheads you may want to adjust your dials slightly. The numbers in this article are using the new and improved Wins Produced formula. If they’re a little off from your numbers you can find out why by reading the full tutorial here! I use numbers from the 2011, 2010 and 2009 seasons in this post. This off-season has given me hope as a Nuggets fan. Somehow the Nuggets have...

Ty Lawson’s goofiest teammate

So Ty Lawson played pro ball in Lithuania this fall. After one game, he walked into the locker room by the showers. “I was like, ‘What’s that smell?’ ” Lawson recalled. He then spotted his teammate, Robertas Javtokas, standing under the shower … smoking a cigarette. “I look over, he’s puffing and says, ‘Oh, what’s up Ty?’ ” Lawson said with a laugh. This Robertas...

Denver Nuggets sign forward Michael Ruffin

The Denver Nuggets have signed NBA veteran forward Michael Ruffin, bringing their training-camp roster to 16. Ruffin, 6-8, 248, has averaged 1.7 points and 3.9 rebounds with six teams in nine NBA seasons. He most recently played for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2008-09 season. Ruffin, a graduate of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, [...]

Ball Don’t Lie’s 2011-12 Season Previews: Denver Nuggets

Usually NBA season previews are best read in October, back when football games hardly mattered, Midnight Madness was a few weeks away, and baseball was winding down. Perhaps with the last of the offseason's iced tea in hand, as you whiled away on a too-warm-for-the-season afternoon. Well, pour yourself a glass of bull shot and tighten those mittens, because it's mid-December...

Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Go-to player good to go this season

Leggy ladies and guys squeezed into skin-tight shirts. Flowing hair and fedoras. The Big Shots, a European pop trio, wearing T-shirts that say "MADE IN ITALY" — with a red X over the E.

With three titles, Brewer brings winning reputation to Denver

After three-plus seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, forward Corey Brewer won an NBA championship after joining the Dallas Mavericks last spring. The two-time NCAA title-holder brought his winning reputation to Denver when he was acquired by the Nuggets this week.

Nuggets create a buzz during scrimmage at Pepsi Center

Nuggets fans got their first look at Danilo Gallinari and the 2011-12 Denver squad Friday night during an open scrimmage at Pepsi Center. Newcomer Rudy Ferndandez, veteran Al Harrington and rookie Kenneth Faried were among the standouts during the free event.

2011-12 Season Preview: Denver Nuggets

2010-11 record: 50-32 Head Coach: George Karl Key Departures: Raymond Felton, Gary Forbes, J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler, Kenyon Martin Key Additions: Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried Best-Case Scenario: The Nuggets somehow overcome the loss of Felton and the exodus of Smith, Chandler, and Martin to China, keep playing with the same offensive and defensive…

Will the shorter NBA schedule hurt or help the Nuggets?

It’s a fair question. George Karl said the cramming of 66 games into 122 days is “taking a marathon and turning it into a triathlon.” (However, this analogy seemed inaccurate to me – isn’t a marathon harder?? – so I g-chatted my buddy Chris, who explained to me, “Yeah I think what he said works, because it implies more challenges over same amount of time –or over...

Nuggets nearing crunch time as they get ready for NBA season

The NBA lockout had a crazy effect on the 2011-12 season, notably the shortened and condensed 66-game season and the shortened and condensed practice and preparation for it. Still George Karl and the latest edition of the Denver Nuggets are upbeat: brightcove.createExperiences();

Nuggets sign nine-year veteran forward Ruffin

The Denver Nuggets have signed hometown forward Michael Ruffin, a nine-year NBA pro who most recently played for Portland in 2008-09.

Nuggets' newcomer Fernandez a long-range opportunist

Danilo Gallinari didn't jump so much as he catapulted, as if some crazy combination of acceleration, force, torque and luck would make his desperate lunge Dikembe-like.
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