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April 13, 2015 Updates

Karl admits he still has fondness for Nuggets he coached such as Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried. When Karl reads the box scores, he sometimes looks at Denver’s first. “It’s still an emotional moment in my life,” Karl said. “I can’t deny that I miss Denver. I miss the team; I miss the city. It’s a place I love.” Sacramento Bee

Faried admitted it was “awkward” seeing Karl coach another team. “He was my first NBA head coach, and he taught me a lot,” Faried said. “We made it to the playoffs every time I was with him. It was bittersweet. I knew I had a job to do (Sunday), but it was also good to see my former coach.” Sacramento Bee

April 12, 2015 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Jamaal Frankin, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Franklin, 6-5, 190, has appeared in 21 games (eight starts) for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League this season, averaging 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.48 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. Prior to that he played in 26 games (three starts) for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 28.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.88 steals in 33.8 minutes. NBA.com

April 10, 2015 Updates
April 9, 2015 Updates

They made a waiver claim Tuesday on veteran forward Shavlik Randolph, and have been awarded his rights by the NBA. Randolph, however, is not expected to play for the Nuggets. Picking up a player with his salary ($1.227 million) gets the Nuggets much closer to the NBA's salary-cap floor, which is the minimum salary teams are required to have on their books at season's end. The salary-cap floor is $56.759 million. The Nuggets, with Randolph's salary included, come within roughly $600,000 of the salary-cap floor. Randolph, 31, is expected to be released by the Nuggets. If he clears waivers, then the Nuggets have the benefit of keeping the cap hit — and thus their current proximity to the salary floor — while still having a roster spot with which to sign a prospective player, if they choose to do that. In that scenario, the Nuggets could take the prorated salary they would have paid to Randolph for the final week of the season and apply that to whomever they acquire for the remainder of the regular season, which is down to four games. Then, they would have that player on their roster for the summer and into training camp in order to get a good look at him. Denver Post

April 8, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: NBA teams just notified that Denver, as expected, has been awarded Shavlik Randolph off waivers. Randolph cleared at 5 PM after BOS release Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Arguably one of the most underrated players in NBA history, Lever had 46 triple-doubles in his career with the Nuggets, more than two-thirds of the total triple-doubles in franchise history. He was a triple-double threat every night. In six seasons with the Nuggets, Lever averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He was named to the second-team all-defense in 1988 and is among the Nuggets' top 10 all time in steals (1,167), assists (3,566), field goals made (3,304) and rebounds (3,621). Denver Post

"When you're playing, you really don't pay attention to it that much," Lever said. "As I look back now, and every time someone throws a stat at me that I wasn't aware of now sticks out. The triple-doubles come up more now because of (Oklahoma City guard) Russell Westbrook. If I had that kind of athleticism I'd still be playing. But at the same time it's one of those things where you remember it, you enjoy it and then you move on. And then you try to share some of those experiences with someone else — your family, your kids, people that I run across. "I enjoy it." Denver Post

April 6, 2015 Updates

Will you be playing this summer with the Italian national team? Danilo Gallinari: Yeah. We will be playing together so hopefully we will be able to achieve or accomplish something together. ProjectSpurs.com

Jeff: So about Marco’s nearly naked photo, what did you say to him? Danilo Gallinari: (laughing) It was a fun thing to do, he had a lot of fun. He was just saying it still looks ugly even though it was on a GQ cover. I was just kidding with him. I’m happy for him because when he plays basketball, he has a chance to have fun doing that kind of stuff. It was great. And hopefully they didn’t do a lot of Photoshop because his body looks pretty different. ProjectSpurs.com

April 4, 2015 Updates

He credits the remaining staff, who have all taken on added responsibility, for keeping things together over the last month. “It’s a lot of stuff, but it’s manageable. I think when you put things in perspective, and you prioritize things and you have good people working with you — I’ve got Noel Gillespie who has a wealth of experience, I’ve got Patrick Mutombo, who is a quick study. “Our new video guy – Brian Boyle – has been great, figuring it out on the fly. John Beckett has been great. Al Harrington and Corsley Edwards, they’ve been my muscle. They bring a different edge. And then, the foreign guys, they lean on (Ognjen Stojakovic). So this really helps me as a coach. I don’t feel overwhelmed or that there’s so much coming at me at one time because my guys are catching a lot of that, and that helps.” Denver Post

He arrived on the pro scene as a firebrand. He left as a drug user. “Spencer Haywood had his issues,” said Colangelo, the former Phoenix Suns’ owner and perhaps Haywood’s biggest advocate to get into the hall of fame. “But I think he has come full circle. … He’s paid his dues.” Haywood said that he’s learning to let it all go, realizing that constantly hoping he’ll be recognized — by the hall, by today’s players, by the Nuggets franchise — is an unfulfilling pursuit. “In time, it’ll come,” he said. Denver Post

“Denver was so exciting, and still is,” recalled Haywood, who got his first taste of Colorado playing at Trinidad State Junior College. “When I decided to come back to (Colorado), well, I was just like a rabbit being thrown into the briar patch. “I loved Denver. I grew up in Denver.” This is how he remembers a city he still calls home, despite having been raised in Mississippi and now owning residences in Michigan and Las Vegas. After all, playing in Denver led to him becoming one of the greatest professional basketball players in history. A pioneer. Denver Post

April 3, 2015 Updates

Lafayette “Fat” Lever is being honored by the team on Wednesday, April 8, the night the Nuggets face the L.A. Lakers. Lever had 46 triple-doubles in his career with the Nuggets — three of those coming in the playoffs. That total is more than two-thirds of the total triple doubles in Nuggets history. And trust, he was a triple double threat every night out. In six seasons with the Nuggets Lever averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. A defensive force, Lever averaged 2.5 steals… for his career. He was named second-team all defense in 1988. Denver Post

The Nuggets discussed Lawson deals at the deadline, and sources at the time said Denver wanted multiple first-round picks. The 11th pick alone might not get it done, but if Utah included another asset — Hood, two future second-rounders, something — the Nuggets might think about going head-on into a full rebuild. Grantland



Carmelo Anthony is way up there, but can't beat two legends from the run-and-gun teams of the 80's.


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