Nuggets drafted Kenneth Faried as their 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Faried is listed as a 6’8” 225 lbs Power Forward from Morehead State. He’s considered “a rebounding machine with an abundance of energy and flare” and he is also hard working (I’m definitely all about these qualities). Although he is on the smaller end (height-wise for a PF position), he’s a hustler on both offense and defense and an aggressive rebounder (which is definitely what the Nuggets need!!). 
Although Faried sounds like a solid player in various reports I’ve read, his game needs some improvements too. His midrange game and his ability to do more when he has the ball (instead of just dunking and driving into the paint when he has no defenders on him) are his weaknesses. The Nuggets’ coaching staff will have to acknowledge this and discipline/teach him for him to be successful in Denver. His defense and his “smaller” size are also areas where he can improve on. Overall, Faried sounds like he’ll be able to adapt to the NBA fairly well with his type of personality and potential. For now, I hope he trains hard this summer along with the rest of the Nuggets team. I would like to see us get further into the playoffs next season :-)
Thanks for reading,
Marg 
(More sources from: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Kenneth-Faried-5325/)

Nuggets drafted Kenneth Faried as their 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Faried is listed as a 6’8” 225 lbs Power Forward from Morehead State. He’s considered “a rebounding machine with an abundance of energy and flare” and he is also hard working (I’m definitely all about these qualities). Although he is on the smaller end (height-wise for a PF position), he’s a hustler on both offense and defense and an aggressive rebounder (which is definitely what the Nuggets need!!). 

Although Faried sounds like a solid player in various reports I’ve read, his game needs some improvements too. His midrange game and his ability to do more when he has the ball (instead of just dunking and driving into the paint when he has no defenders on him) are his weaknesses. The Nuggets’ coaching staff will have to acknowledge this and discipline/teach him for him to be successful in Denver. His defense and his “smaller” size are also areas where he can improve on. Overall, Faried sounds like he’ll be able to adapt to the NBA fairly well with his type of personality and potential. For now, I hope he trains hard this summer along with the rest of the Nuggets team. I would like to see us get further into the playoffs next season :-)

Thanks for reading,

Marg 

(More sources from: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Kenneth-Faried-5325/)

HELLO!!

What is up my Tumblr followers… if I still have any. Sorry I haven’t been on here in a while. I’ve been really busy with work, enjoying my awesome summer in COLORADO, and getting ready for my next semester of senior year. In the next couple months I’ll be going on Semester at Sea for 3 and a half months. I’m stoked to be given this opportunity to travel on my own and see and learn about the world! I’ll be visiting 12 countries: Canada, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Cuba, and then back to the USA. I know this has nothing to do with basketball, but this is what is going on with my life lately. I’m thinking of either starting a brand new personal blog and still keeping this one. What do you think. I want this to still be my Nuggets blog… but I will not be able to update it until I get back in January 2011. Any thoughts?!

Tags: NBA basketball

JR Smith talks to reporters on Thursday, the day after the Nuggets lose to the OKC Thunder 89-106.
It was an embarrassing loss that is not worth remembering. Everyone played like crap: the Nuggets’ rebounding, free throws, shooting, defense, attitudes, and mentality lacked all around. No one came out with any passion or heart and it was an absolutely difficult game to watch for any Nuggets’ fan. The Nuggets are now down 0-2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 4 out of 7 first round playoff series. The Nuggets play the Thunder again tomorrow night at 8 pm MT on ESPN. The Nuggets will have their first homecourt advantage in this series and hopefully they’ll come out and show their fans why they should forget the previous game and why they are truly a playoff type of team. 
The game on Tuesday night frustrated just about everyone, including George Karl and JR Smith. JR only played a little over than 6 minutes and only shot 1 for 6. He was immediately taken out of the game by George Karl because of his lackadaisical playing. Although I have to agree that JR wasn’t playing that well, I was surprised that he was benched for the rest of the game considering that Wilson Chandler, who also had a shi**y night, played a whopping 30 minutes and shot 0-6 from the field and only had 4 total points during the whole game! I know that Chandler plays a different position, but shouldn’t he have the same type of treatment? 
To get back on track, JR Smith was not too happy with Tuesday’s outcome and the fact that GK was indirectly saying that it was JR Smith’s problem for not firing up the team. Dude… George…. It wasn’t just JR, the rest of the team sucked and no one played with any aggressiveness or commitment. On top of this frustration, the situation wasn’t made any better when JR said yesterday that there was a definite possibility that he would not resign with the Nuggets this summer. Co’mon JR, don’t say that sort of stuff when you’re in the middle of the playoffs, you’re not only gonna piss off George Karl again but it also doesn’t help the team’s mentality. 
So with all this drama swirling around, it comes down to the 3rd game tomorrow against the Thunder. Will the Nuggets be able to get their stuff together and win a much needed game or will they mentally break down and choke? I’m hoping to go for the first one, let’s play some real basketball without any drama and shutdown Durant and Westbrook. 
-Margarita
Photo by: Andy Cross, The Denver Post

JR Smith talks to reporters on Thursday, the day after the Nuggets lose to the OKC Thunder 89-106.

It was an embarrassing loss that is not worth remembering. Everyone played like crap: the Nuggets’ rebounding, free throws, shooting, defense, attitudes, and mentality lacked all around. No one came out with any passion or heart and it was an absolutely difficult game to watch for any Nuggets’ fan. The Nuggets are now down 0-2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 4 out of 7 first round playoff series. The Nuggets play the Thunder again tomorrow night at 8 pm MT on ESPN. The Nuggets will have their first homecourt advantage in this series and hopefully they’ll come out and show their fans why they should forget the previous game and why they are truly a playoff type of team.

The game on Tuesday night frustrated just about everyone, including George Karl and JR Smith. JR only played a little over than 6 minutes and only shot 1 for 6. He was immediately taken out of the game by George Karl because of his lackadaisical playing. Although I have to agree that JR wasn’t playing that well, I was surprised that he was benched for the rest of the game considering that Wilson Chandler, who also had a shi**y night, played a whopping 30 minutes and shot 0-6 from the field and only had 4 total points during the whole game! I know that Chandler plays a different position, but shouldn’t he have the same type of treatment?

To get back on track, JR Smith was not too happy with Tuesday’s outcome and the fact that GK was indirectly saying that it was JR Smith’s problem for not firing up the team. Dude… George…. It wasn’t just JR, the rest of the team sucked and no one played with any aggressiveness or commitment. On top of this frustration, the situation wasn’t made any better when JR said yesterday that there was a definite possibility that he would not resign with the Nuggets this summer. Co’mon JR, don’t say that sort of stuff when you’re in the middle of the playoffs, you’re not only gonna piss off George Karl again but it also doesn’t help the team’s mentality.

So with all this drama swirling around, it comes down to the 3rd game tomorrow against the Thunder. Will the Nuggets be able to get their stuff together and win a much needed game or will they mentally break down and choke? I’m hoping to go for the first one, let’s play some real basketball without any drama and shutdown Durant and Westbrook.

-Margarita

Photo by: Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Raymond Felton: A little bit about the new guy!
Born: June 26th, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 205 lbs
NBA Draft: 5th pick in 2005 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats
Years Pro: 5
Number: 20
College: North Carolina (2002-2005)
Position: Point Guard
Raymond Felton was born on June 26th, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina. He attended Latta High School in South Carolina where he was able to lead his team to two state championships. During his junior and senior years, Felton won the South Carolina Mr. Basketball award and was awarded the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award. Along with these awards, he was also the MVP of the Roundball Classic (2002) and was part of the 2002 McDonald’s All-American team. Although if you didn’t think Felton was busy enough with basketball, he also played baseball, ran track, played football while maintaining his place on the High School All-State Academic Team. 
After being a busy and successful student/player in high school, Raymond Felton had no intentions to slow down. He soon became a Tarheel at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. (note: UNC is like Harvard for students, it’s the place to be if you’re a great basketball player with incredible talent! UNC also has a major reputation for basketball and of course we ALL know that Michael Jordan played here…so basically it is a bad ass school!). During Felton’s freshman year, he received the Carolina Player of the Year. During his sophomore year, he received the Naismith College Player of the Year Award and he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (which is another bad ass award given to the BEST college point guards in the country). During Felton’s Junior Year at UNC (his last), he helped lead his Tarheels to the 2005 National Championship! Along with this championship, Felton averaged of 12.9 points a game and had 6.9 assists per game. Because he had a breakthrough junior year, he received the Bob Cousy Award and was voted to the All-ACC First Team. At this point in college, Felton had to choose between staying and finishing his college career or enter the NBA draft. This was a clear and easy choice to make for any high-profile college basketball player who wins a NCAA Championship… ENTER THE NBA DRAFT why of course!

Felton was the 5th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft; he was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats. He averaged 11.9 points/3.3 rebounds/5.6 assists during his rookie season and he was voted to the All-NBA Rookie Second Team. Over the past few years, Felton has earned more playing time and is currently ranked #7 in the NBA for Assists and Steals per game. After playing for the Charlotte Bobcats for 3 years, Felton became a free-agent on July 1st, 2010. He was traded to the New York Knicks, where he was able to re-energize his NBA career (note: New York Knicks weren’t too happy when he was traded to the Nuggets, he was having one heck of a season…and is still reinventing himself as one of the best point guards in the League!). Felton was a co-captain, alongside Amare Stoudemire, for the New York Knicks. Most recently, Felton was traded to the Denver Nuggets (which of course sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks). So far, Felton has given the Nuggets a huge BOOST! Even though he is not the starting point guard (Ty Lawson still maintains the starting position), he comes off the bench with intensity and aggressiveness. I can’t wait to see what Felton has in store for Denver!! I’ve never been this excited about the Denver Nuggets as I am now! Thank you New York for giving us your players, they have definitely revitalized our team!!
Quote I like from an interview of his:
 Raymond Felton: “I would describe my game as a greedy person…I’m a hard worker… I’m a competitor…I’m gonna bring it every night…I’m a guy that will do anything to win.”
 
Sources: 
http://www.raymondfelton.com/ssp/bioes
http://www.nba.com/playerfile/raymond_felton/bio.html

Raymond Felton: A little bit about the new guy!

Born: June 26th, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina

Height: 6 ft 1 in

Weight: 205 lbs

NBA Draft: 5th pick in 2005 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats

Years Pro: 5

Number: 20

College: North Carolina (2002-2005)

Position: Point Guard

Raymond Felton was born on June 26th, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina. He attended Latta High School in South Carolina where he was able to lead his team to two state championships. During his junior and senior years, Felton won the South Carolina Mr. Basketball award and was awarded the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award. Along with these awards, he was also the MVP of the Roundball Classic (2002) and was part of the 2002 McDonald’s All-American team. Although if you didn’t think Felton was busy enough with basketball, he also played baseball, ran track, played football while maintaining his place on the High School All-State Academic Team.

After being a busy and successful student/player in high school, Raymond Felton had no intentions to slow down. He soon became a Tarheel at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. (note: UNC is like Harvard for students, it’s the place to be if you’re a great basketball player with incredible talent! UNC also has a major reputation for basketball and of course we ALL know that Michael Jordan played here…so basically it is a bad ass school!). During Felton’s freshman year, he received the Carolina Player of the Year. During his sophomore year, he received the Naismith College Player of the Year Award and he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (which is another bad ass award given to the BEST college point guards in the country). During Felton’s Junior Year at UNC (his last), he helped lead his Tarheels to the 2005 National Championship! Along with this championship, Felton averaged of 12.9 points a game and had 6.9 assists per game. Because he had a breakthrough junior year, he received the Bob Cousy Award and was voted to the All-ACC First Team. At this point in college, Felton had to choose between staying and finishing his college career or enter the NBA draft. This was a clear and easy choice to make for any high-profile college basketball player who wins a NCAA Championship… ENTER THE NBA DRAFT why of course!

Felton was the 5th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft; he was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats. He averaged 11.9 points/3.3 rebounds/5.6 assists during his rookie season and he was voted to the All-NBA Rookie Second Team. Over the past few years, Felton has earned more playing time and is currently ranked #7 in the NBA for Assists and Steals per game. After playing for the Charlotte Bobcats for 3 years, Felton became a free-agent on July 1st, 2010. He was traded to the New York Knicks, where he was able to re-energize his NBA career (note: New York Knicks weren’t too happy when he was traded to the Nuggets, he was having one heck of a season…and is still reinventing himself as one of the best point guards in the League!). Felton was a co-captain, alongside Amare Stoudemire, for the New York Knicks. Most recently, Felton was traded to the Denver Nuggets (which of course sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks). So far, Felton has given the Nuggets a huge BOOST! Even though he is not the starting point guard (Ty Lawson still maintains the starting position), he comes off the bench with intensity and aggressiveness. I can’t wait to see what Felton has in store for Denver!! I’ve never been this excited about the Denver Nuggets as I am now! Thank you New York for giving us your players, they have definitely revitalized our team!!

Quote I like from an interview of his:

 Raymond Felton: “I would describe my game as a greedy person…I’m a hard worker… I’m a competitor…I’m gonna bring it every night…I’m a guy that will do anything to win.”

 

Sources:

http://www.raymondfelton.com/ssp/bioes

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/raymond_felton/bio.html

Ty Lawson scored 10 CONSECUTIVE three-pointers!

courtsidebunker:

10 straight triples for Ty Lawson


Ty Lawson hit an amazing 10 straight three-pointers today, which was not only a career high but also an NBA record too.

Lawson finished up with 37 points, as the Nuggets cruised past the T-Wolves 130-106.

I think it’s fair to say, Lawson was wet!

@SamuelFindlay@CourtsideBunker

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(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

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