Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has long been a believer in Mike D’Antoni and his offensive philosophy. That was not his first impression, however. “I thought he was nuts,” said Gentry, an assistant under D’Antoni in Phoenix. “I actually did. I thought there’s no way you can play this way in the NBA. He said, ‘Oh yes you can.’ “Mike’s a hell of a coach. I’ve always thought he was a hell of a coach, from the first week I was with him and (he) talked about how we were going to play and he said ‘this is what we’re going to do.’ You kind of take a deep breath and sit back.”
September 25, 2017 | 7:56 pm EDT Update
As the Nuggets get to work in preparation for the NBA season, Kenneth Faried stubbornly refuses to accept a reserve role and defiantly insists if Denver can’t give him the minutes on the court he deserves, there are 29 other teams in the league where he can go play.
“I’ll just put it out there for everybody. I’m not a bench player. I’ve been saying that for the longest. I’m a starter,” Faried said Monday, when I asked him about his status with the Nuggets. “I love to hear the crowd (when introduced as), ‘Starting at power forward, No. 35, Kenneth Faried.’ Yes, that’s me. One hundred percent, that’s been my whole life. And I’m going to fight for a starting position. I’m just not going to lay down and let somebody take it. ”
“There are 29 other teams,” said Faried, whose contract with the Nuggets runs through 2019. “If this team doesn’t want, or respect me enough, to play me the minutes that I think I deserve to play, then I understand that. Hey, there’s 29 others. Maybe I’ll go somewhere else and do what I need to do there. But at the same token, I’m here in Denver, and I want to play Manimal basketball, no matter what, every time I step on that court.”