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October 6, 2014 Updates
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Q: What do you need to do to get to that next level? Ty Lawson: I feel like we have to win — because I feel like my numbers are elite numbers, what I did last year. The only thing separating me from everyone else is just winning. Chris Paul has gotten out of the second round. Russell Westbrook went to the NBA Finals. I feel like to get to that level, you've got to win games. Kyrie (Irving) this year, he's going to get out of the first and second round. So that's the goal. Q: You mentioned Paul, Westbrook and Irving. Do you see yourself in that group as an elite point guard? Ty Lawson: I do, minus just the winning. Especially for a point guard, that takes you to the next level. If you're a point guard and you're not winning but you're killing it, it doesn't matter. It's a leadership role. Denver Post

October 4, 2014 Updates

All things considered, Darrell Arthur would like to stay. The Nuggets forward is entering the final season of a contract he signed when he played for the Memphis Grizzlies. Traded to the Nuggets last summer, Arthur will be a unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. He’ll be paid $3.4 million this season. Asked if he wanted to in Denver he said, “Oh yeah, for sure. My family loves it here. My mom was just up here for a couple of weeks and she just loves it – loves the atmosphere, loves the people here. I love the organization, everything. It’s a family organization, they welcome you with open arms. I definitely would like this to be home.” Denver Post

October 3, 2014 Updates

All things considered, Darrell Arthur would like to stay. The Nuggets forward is entering the final season of a contract he signed when he played for the Memphis Grizzlies. Traded to the Nuggets last summer, Arthur will be a unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. He’ll be paid $3.4 million this season. Asked if he wanted to in Denver he said, “Oh yeah, for sure. My family loves it here. My mom was just up here for a couple of weeks and she just loves it – loves the atmosphere, loves the people here. I love the organization, everything. It’s a family organization, they welcome you with open arms. I definitely would like this to be home.” But, as Arthur well knows, business sometimes gets in the way. “We’ve just got to play it out and see how it goes,” he said. Denver Post

If you look closely, you’ll notice Ty Lawson is wearing a small brace on his left ankle these days. It’s a constant reminder of the ankle injury that ended his season last season, helping reduce him to just 62 games played – the second-lowest total of his career. What no one knew – not even Lawson at first – was how damaged the ankle actually was. It was much more than just a sprain, and when all of the extra tests in the summer were said-and-done, some minor bone damage was revealed as well. The net effect of it is that Lawson’s ankle requires A) almost daily maintenance of some sort and B) for the player and the Nuggets staff to keep a good eye on it. He’s currently not effected by it, moving around just fine on the court. But in a season with 21 back-to-backs and a good number of four-games-in-five-nights sets, it will be under constant stress. Denver Post

Back to basketball. You’re coming up on a big year, and your agent is negotiating an extension right now. You had mentioned trade rumors sort of getting in your head towards the end of last season. Are you hoping the extension gets signed before the deadline (Oct. 31) so it’s not hanging over you head when the season begins? Kenneth Faried: Yeah. Yeah, I do. An extension is just, we get it to the point where both sides agree, and I can just sign — And go ahead and do my thing. Do what I’m wanted, or basically what I have been [doing]. But it’s tough, you know. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. And I’m gonna try my best not to let it just effect me, like it did last year with the whole trade talk. It’s tough when you’re a player and you don’t know where, or who wants to lock you down. And if the team that drafted you doesn’t really want you, it seems like it’s a waste of time even wanting to play for that team. Dime

Like if you say anything when someone says you shouldn’t be on the team, or you won’t make the team, or you tweet something — though Iverson wasn’t really around for that — you become the bad guy. Kenneth Faried: Yeah, they’re just all-around jerks. Man, like I said to the people [who said he wasn't going to make the team], they were disrespectful. That’s cool ’cause everybody was wrong. Whoever doubted me or continues to doubt me, I’m just gonna prove you wrong. You can say stuff and think it’s OK, but I’ll just show you and work hard and do the things I’ve been doing. Then, see what you have to say about it after [I've] proved you wrong. You say I couldn’t do this. Now look at me. Like I still get scrutiny about USA even though I did so well and good, people still say…’oh, if KD was there, you wouldn’t even be doing nothing. If Blake [Giffin] was there and Kevin Love and all them was there, you wouldn’t even be on the team.’ I respect that. I probably wouldn’t have gotten picked, but that didn’t happen and I was on the team. And I played very well. Why can’t you just be happy for that? USA still won. Boom. I don’t understand it. Dime

October 1, 2014 Updates

Lindsay Jones: Here's Ty Lawson and Brian Shaw at #broncos practice http://pbs.twimg.com/media/By4RwVnCQAAZ9Qd.jpg Twitter

Denver's favorite mountain lion is in the doghouse. Unbeknownst to the Denver Nuggets organization, mascot Rocky was at the Colorado Republican rally Monday and evidently didn't check with his bosses at Kroenke Sports Enterprises about it. Nuggets marketing manager Graham Wincott, who handles Rocky and his appearances, said the team's mascot showing up at the GOP event was "an unsanctioned, unpaid appearance that we had no knowledge of." Denver Post

September 30, 2014 Updates

The Nuggets and Kenneth Faried's representatives are in negotiations for a new deal, and have been for the last couple of months. Under NBA rules, they have until Oct. 31 to have a new deal signed, and I think that will definitely happen. There have been some who have predicted Faried would get a max deal, but given the comparables at his position, power forward, and the fact that he's still got his best basketball ahead of him, there's no way this contract will be a max deal. But it will be a significant jump in salary. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to see it end up around an average of $12 million per year. Denver Post

Veteran point guard Nate Robinson is in the final year of a two-year contract worth $4.1 million. Robinson was a huge spark off the bench for the Nuggets last season, averaging 10.4 points and shooting 42 percent before suffering a torn ACL in January. Asked if he'd like to come back to the Nuggets after this season, he said, "I believe so. I'm too old to be moving around too much more. I don't know if I have too many more years doing that. For me, I would love to stay here. I've taken a liking to Denver; it's been fun. The city is great, the fans are great and this team is awesome. I would love to be here if they would love to have me." Denver Post

 

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