HoopsHype Gary Forbes rumors
Despite giving up six inches to the 7-foot Nowitzki, Forbes limited him to two points in the game’s first eight minutes. Nowitzki eventually broke loose for 35 points in Dallas’ 102-101 victory, with 19 of those points coming when Forbes was on the bench. “I’m just a real confident, positive person. I figured I was going to do well,” Forbes said. “I had that positive outlook that I was going to do well, come in and contribute and help the team. It didn’t end up the way I thought it would be – with a win – but it’s a stepping stone.” Forbes, who spent the past two years playing in the NBA Development League and overseas, finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in a performance that should earn him more playing time Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. “He’s outworked some guys in practice,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “We knew we had to play somebody some minutes that probably would be unorthodox. He’s earned it by his hard work and his commitment to practice and getting better.” NBA.com
He had no clue who the guy guarding him was at the start of his 924th game. "I actually did not... I had not (ever heard of Forbes),'' said the Dallas forward. The 13-year veteran wasn't alone. Mavericks center Tyson Chandler also had zero knowledge of the guy wearing No. 0 and starting at forward for the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. "I didn't know who he was before the game and, for a while, when he kept hitting jump shots, I was trying to figure out who he was,'' Chandler said. The no-name guy is Gary Forbes, a 6-foot-7 undrafted rookie forward who played in just his third NBA game. Forbes, 25, who got out of Massachusetts in 2008, spent two years banging around the NBA D-League and in Italy and Israel before making the Nuggets on a non-guaranteed contract. "I think they were surprised to see Gary out there,'' Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony said of the Mavericks. "I was surprised to see Gary.'' FanHouse.com
The no-name guy is Gary Forbes, a 6-foot-7 undrafted rookie forward who played in just his third NBA game. Forbes, 25, who got out of Massachusetts in 2008, spent two years banging around the NBA D-League and in Italy and Israel before making the Nuggets on a non-guaranteed contract. "I think they were surprised to see Gary out there,'' Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony said of the Mavericks. "I was surprised to see Gary.'' Forbes got his unexpected first career start because Nuggets center Nene was ruled out just before the start of Wednesday's game due to a groin strain. So Denver coach George Karl sought out Forbes, who had played 10 minutes combined in Denver's first three games. Obviously, that was not enough to make the Mavericks' scouting report. "Probably like 20 minutes before the game, coach told me to be ready to start and be ready to guard Dirk. So that's what I tried to do,'' said Forbes, who said he wasn't nervous because he "got those jitters out in preseason.'' FanHouse.com
Meanwhile, the Nuggets have discovered Forbes. At least Nowitzki now knows who he is. "He surprised me,'' Nowitzki said. "He's an energy player. He actually made shots there ... He played hard.'' But he didn't surprise Karl, who raved about Forbes during the preseason. But how many coaches would have had enough guts to have started Forbes on Wednesday, when Karl did have available journeyman big man Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman, who has been rotting on the bench in Denver for a few years with no sign of that ending. "I thought he earned it,'' Karl said of starting Forbes. "He's earned it by what he's done in practice. He's outworked some guys (read: Balkman) in practice.'' FanHouse.com
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