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Nate Robinson has certainly made the list of the missed. He's around, but not in uniform. The Nuggets' bench has suffered without him. But he'll be back. He promises. Robinson plans to be around at the start of next season. The business end of that means he'll exercise his player option to do so. Robinson signed a two-year deal with the Nuggets last summer, and that second year will pay him $2.1 million in 2014-15. He had never torn an ACL until he did so in January, which knocked him out for the season. So the rehab is all new to him. Denver Post

"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play." Asked if he'd be ready for training camp in the fall, Robinson said, "Yeah, for sure." His production off the bench has been missed. In 44 games, he averaged 10.4 points in just under 20 minutes and shot 37.7 percent from the 3-point line. Denver Post

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Darrell Arthur insists the decision isn't final, but ask him about next season and he'll tell you he's looking forward to it being in a Nuggets uniform. Arthur must make a decision about a player option for next season, the second and final year of his contract, which is due to pay him $3.45 million. "I'm just going to wait until the season is over with and talk to (Nuggets general manager) Tim (Connelly) and see what's up and go from there," Arthur said. "But I'm looking forward to coming back here. I like it here. I feel like when we're healthy, we have a great team to build with, and I want to be a part of it." Boulder Daily Camera

Going into Monday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the fifth-year pro was averaging 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game in a role primarily off the bench. He had one start. "As far as right now, I'm definitely looking forward to staying," Arthur said. Boulder Daily Camera

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Joffrey Lauvergne, 22, is looking like a keeper, playing in Serbia. Selected with the 55th pick in last year's NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and traded to the Nuggets on draft night, the 6-foot-11 power forward and center is turning heads — quickly and impressively. "We thought he'd make a big jump," Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said. "We're lucky to see that the jump was so dramatic and he's competing at the highest level and he's doing really well. He's a good player. We really like his intensity. We like his focus. We like that he doesn't take plays off and how tough he is." And with a nice touch that reaches out to 3-point range, he has the tools to become a nice "stretch-four" for a Nuggets team that could use that kind of versatility in its frontcourt. The Nuggets hope to have the native of France in uniform at summer league this July. Denver Post

One of Lauvergne's best friends is Nuggets guard Evan Fournier. "The thing is in France, coaches don't play young guys for some reason," Fournier said. "I had a hard time playing my first year. So he was playing like 15 minutes (a game) overseas. Then he went to Partizan, the coach played him and he showed what he could do. I knew he was that good. He's just got to show it. There's a difference between knowing it and showing it." Denver Post

March 1, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Nuggets Retired Numbers: (2) Alex English (33) David Thompson (40) Byron Beck (44) Dan Issel (432) Doug Moe Guessing Dikembe Mutombo next. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Ty Lawson hasn't played in eight games and isn't returning to action Saturday night at Portland. When he's able to return from a fractured rib remains a question mark. But one thing's for certain, the Nuggets don't plan to shut him down. "No, I don't think so," coach Brian Shaw said Friday. "I think that you still want him to get back and play." Denver Post

"One thing that I've seen in his absence is that the guys kind of light up when he's out there," Shaw said of Lawson. "Not only on the court — when we're in the plane, we're on the bus, we're in the locker room, they kind of congregate around him. I think it's the same way on the court; they get a little bit more confidence when he's out there on the floor with them. That's something we're sorely missing right now." Lawson suffered the rib injury Feb. 8, late in the first half of a road game against Detroit. "When he's out there, it makes it easier for everyone else to do what they do, what their strengths are," Shaw said. Denver Post

February 25, 2014 Updates

A new, potentially harmful narrative arose out of a couple of radio interviews Nuggets coach Brian Shaw conducted this week — one that he hates his roster and vice versa. Not true, he insists. “I can’t remember who it was that asked me yesterday; he said ‘Would you have taken this job with the roster, if it was just the guys who are healthy and playing right now would you have taken this job?’” Shaw said. “I said, after interviewing for head coaching jobs as many times as I did, 11 times prior to this interview, and not getting a job, I said ‘Yeah, I most likely would have taken it.’ But the expectation and everything else would have been different, knowing if there wasn’t going to be Gallo, JaVale (McGee), Nate (Robinson) for half the season and the situation be what it is. “So, no, I don’t hate the roster. What I hate is having to beg guys to play. That simple. That shouldn’t be a part of what coaching should be. And circumstances are what they are. None of us asked for it.” Denver Post

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