HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

April 29, 2013 Updates

Faried hasn't returned to full health since suffering a sprained ankle April 14 during a game against Portland, and because of it, he has struggled in the playoff series against Golden State. Even when his numbers have been good, he has felt bad. "It's extremely frustrating," Faried said Sunday. "Especially when it's taking away my most powerful weapon — my legs. I've just got to fight through it and hopefully I'll be all right." Denver Post

April 27, 2013 Updates

“I'm not going out there to hurt anybody or be cheap or anything,” Bogut told reporters Saturday. “I'm just playing physical like they are. If someone steps up and wants to get into it, I've got no problem with that. It’s nothing personal. They’re physical. Kenneth Faried runs around and hits people. We just have to match their intensity. If it gets personal during games and guys want to have a crack at you, that’s playoff basketball. I’m not sitting here saying I hate McGee or I hate Faried. But if they want to be physical, we’re going to be physical back. We’re not going to take a step backward.” NBA.com

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Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried (ankle) didn't sound optimistic Friday that he could play in Saturday's Game 1 against Golden State. Even if Faried can play, coach George Karl said Wilson Chandler will start at power forward, because Chandler has been practicing in preparation for the Warriors. "Hopefully I can bounce back, I don't know about tomorrow, but when I do come back and play, I'll be 100 percent hopefully," Faried said Friday. "I'm not making any promises — the plan (Saturday) is to come in and be with my teammates, and even if I'm not playing, I'll bring energy on the bench for my teammates." Denver Post

Benjamin Hochman: Faried said he's unsure if he can play tomorrow.. Either way, Chandler will start at power forward Twitter @nuggetsnews

April 18, 2013 Updates

Five days after shuffling out of Pepsi Center on crutches, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried reported improvement in his sprained left ankle and remained optimistic about playing Denver’s playoff opener Saturday against the Golden State Warriors. NBA.com

April 15, 2013 Updates

Nothing has come easy in April for the Denver Nuggets. Starting power forward Kenneth Faried will miss the rest of the regular season with a sprained ankle, the team announced Monday. He joins an injury list already featuring No. 2 scorer Danilo Gallinari, who tore a knee ligament and won't play until next season. Faried may be back in time for the playoffs, but the team lists him as day to day. The high-energy rebounder had his ankle bend the wrong way on a drive early in Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He fell to the court and needed help to get into the trainer's room. USA Today Sports

April 14, 2013 Updates

The Nuggets have already lost Danilo Gallinari for the playoffs with a knee injury. It appeared as though they could lose rebounding machine Kenneth Faried when his ankle rolled at a horrible angle while driving to the basket today. According to the Nuggets twitter feed, though, the X-rays are negative and he is day-to-day. With two more games remaining and the Nuggets trying to get the #3 seed, the “day-to-day” part will probably be through the end of the regular season with how sore he is likely to be after that, and the training staff will be working to get him back for the playoffs. While the specific schedules have not been announced, that gives Faried six days before the playoffs open on April 20th. The Big Lead

Smith's two-year tenure in Portland will come to an end this week and it's only fitting that he'll face Denver -- and Faried -- today in one of his final games with the Blazers. But as he leaves Rip City, Smith prefers not to dwell on his past failings, but rather to focus on rediscovering his game and prove there is a place for him in the NBA. "This is a business and things in this league happen in time," Smith said. "You have to get to a team where you're in their plans. That's one thing I'm looking forward to this summer in free agency. I'm going to get to a place that wants me, that wants me to be myself and play my game. If you think about it, there's no telling what would have happened with (Faried) if the Blazers drafted him. He might have been playing behind LaMarcus (Aldridge) and maybe his opportunity wouldn't have come. His opportunity in Denver didn't come until Nene got hurt. But Kenneth got an opportunity and Kenneth made the most of his opportunity -- in Denver. So now all the Portland fans can be mad." Oregonian

March 20, 2013 Updates

Dick Vitale whispers louder than Andre Miller screams. But in the pregame locker room, the Nuggets' veteran guard delivered a powerful, passionate speech, channeling the oration of, say, Jesse Jackson, who just happened to be at Tuesday night's Nuggets-Thunder game. "One amazing speech — guys were just amped up, ready to play," Denver forward Kenneth Faried said after the Nuggets' 114-104 win, Denver's 13th consecutive, a franchise-NBA record. "He said it doesn't matter that we're coming off a back-to-back, it doesn't matter that we went to overtime — we're going to play this game hard and with pride. We don't have any excuses. Andre Miller is a guy who doesn't really say much, but when he talks, everybody listens, nobody's playing around. "Everybody locks in." Denver Post

March 14, 2013 Updates

Kenneth Faried took a risk. He became the first NBA player to join an organization that supports gay rights while playing. Wednesday, the NBA honored the Nuggets forward for his efforts by giving him the monthly Community Assist Award for February. According to the league, Faried was honored for "his efforts to champion equality and bring awareness to the importance of respect and inclusion." Faried, who was raised by his mother and her female life partner, is a member of Athlete Ally, an organization that helps promote acceptance of gays in sports. In a show of support for equal rights, in January he attended the launch party for One Colorado to celebrate the passing of Senate Bill 11, the Colorado Civil Union Act. Denver Post

March 2, 2013 Updates

The Lakers' Metta World Peace threw an elbow Monday at Kenneth Faried. It was determined, later in the week, to be a flagrant two foul. "I saw it on film, I thought it was, whatever the word is, premeditated," Karl said. "I don't know if it was flagrant enough to be a 2." Denver Post

The NBA seemed to agree, retroactively assessing World Peace a flagrant-2 foul Thursday. If the league needed more evidence, it could always check with Faried. "I still have a scar in my mouth," Faried said. "When I eat, it still burns." Los Angeles Times

February 25, 2013 Updates

It is an area in which one does not normally find professional athletes, who normally blanch at taking a stand on what cereal they eat, lest they offend a single person anywhere. But Faried came to his position honestly and through tough experiences growing up in Newark, N.J., where he was raised by his mother, Wauuda, and her wife, Manasin Copeland. "I've been supporting gays, lesbians, transgender, transsexual rights since I was in high school, since my mother came out to people," Faried said. "I've been okay with it. I'm in support of it and I'm gonna continue to be. I guess I'm in a bigger light now, and when I say things about it, when I make a statement about it, it's more glorified. It's okay with me, because I respect it, and I'm going to continue to live up to the hype of being in support of it." NBA.com

February 16, 2013 Updates

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