HoopsHype Gary Forbes rumors
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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