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08-14-2008, 08:42 PM

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Sept. 29 -- Players report to their teams no earlier than 11 a.m. local time.

Sept. 30 -- Training camps open.

Oct. 10 Minnesota 7 p.m. Pepsi Center (Denver, Colo.)
Oct. 11 vs. Phoenix 8 p.m., TNT at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Indian Wells, Calif.)
Oct. 15 Utah 7 p.m. Pepsi Center (Denver, Colo.)
Oct. 17 vs. Phoenix 5:30 p.m. Carrier Dome (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota 4:30 p.m. Bismarck Civic Center (Bismarck, N.D.)
Oct. 21 Toronto 7 p.m. Rexall Place (Edmonton, Alberta)
Oct. 24 at LA Clippers 8:30 p.m. Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Oct. 24 -- Preseason ends.

Oct. 27 -- Rosters set for opening day, 6 p.m. EDT.

Nuggets set preseason schedule

The Nuggets have set their preseason schedule and will play two games at home and five on the road, the team announced today. Included is the Oct. 11 outdoor game at the tennis courts in Indian Wells, Calif., against Phoenix.

Denver will play at home on Oct. 10 vs. Minnesota and Oct. 15 vs. Utah. The Nuggets open the regular season Oct. 29 at Utah.

The exhibition road stops include Carmelo Anthony returning to Syracuse, a stop in Bismarck, N.D., and Edmonton.denverpost (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10204446)


This will end up as the main thread for training camp and preseason news and discussion.

08-14-2008, 10:04 PM
Oct. 10 Minnesota 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. Phoenix 8 p.m. at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Indian Wells, Calif.)
Oct. 15 Utah 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 vs. Phoenix 5:30 p.m. Carrier Dome (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota 4:30 p.m. Bismarck Civic Center (Bismarck, N.D.)
Oct. 21 Toronto 7 p.m. Rexall Place (Edmonton, Alberta)
Oct. 24 at LA Clippers 8:30 p.m.

This will be a fun game to watch hope nobody dies from the heat.

08-15-2008, 07:18 PM
Theya re playing outside?

08-15-2008, 10:05 PM
Theya re playing outside?

Yeah. Should be interesting.

09-29-2008, 05:51 AM
Just a reminder:

Sept. 29 -- Players report to their teams no earlier than 11 a.m. local time.

Sept. 30 -- Training camps open.

09-29-2008, 12:27 PM

Four former Clemson basketball players will begin training camp with four different NBA teams this week. ... James Mays will... be hoping to land (a) roster spot...

Mays, a starter the past three seasons at power forward for Clemson, has been invited to camp with the Denver Nuggets. Interestingly enough, one of the players he will compete with for playing time will be former South Carolina rival Renaldo Balkman, who was signed by Denver in the off-season. Mays finished his career with the most steals by a post player in Clemson history. He averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game despite an injury-plagued senior season.scout.com (http://clemson.scout.com/2/795726.html)


With Chucky Atkins injured, point guard Mateen Cleaves will get another chance to return to the NBA.

Danny Servick, the agent for Cleaves, confirmed Friday his client will sign with the Nuggets before training camp, which begins Tuesday. Cleaves, a six-year veteran, last played in the NBA in 2005-06.

Cleaves, scheduled to arrive in Denver on Friday afternoon, will sign a one-year nonguaranteed minimum contract. While Servick said Cleaves had been invited to Denver’s camp before it was known that Atkins would undergo right knee surgery Wednesday, his chances of at least starting the season with the Nuggets are now obviously better.

09-29-2008, 07:42 PM
It's getting close. :jumpy:

09-29-2008, 11:55 PM
Nuggets give Patterson a shot

After an upset Ruben Patterson was traded to Milwaukee in August 2006, his chances of ever returning to the Nuggets appeared to be near zero.

Well, Patterson is back.

The swingman, who was mad at being benched in the 2006 playoffs against the Clippers and lashed out at coach George Karl, is one of five free agents invited to Nuggets camp, which starts Tuesday, on make-good deals.

The others are point guards Smush Parker and Mateen Cleaves and forwards Nick Fazekas and James Mays. While Cleaves and Fazekas had secured camp invitations last week, the other three didn’t finalize arrangements until over the weekend.

“I feel good to be back,’’ said Patterson, who was acquired by the Nuggets in February 2006 and lashed out at Karl after he didn’t play in Game 5 of the 2006 first-round series the Nuggets lost 4-1. “I talked to coach (Friday) and he wants me back. I talked to Kenyon (Martin, the Nuggets forward who was his teammate at the University of Cincinnati). Regardless of what happened two years ago, I told (Karl) I’m going to come to camp and I’m going to bust my butt and everything will be good.’’

Patterson, 33, averaged a career-high 14.7 points in 2006-07 with Milwaukee. But he got no guaranteed contract offers as a free agent in the summer of 2007 before signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Clippers.

Patterson averaged 5.1 points in 20 games last season with the Clippers before being waived in December. He was inactive the rest of the season.

“It was hard because of the year I had in Milwaukee,’’ Patterson said of the lack of offers coming his way in the summer of 2007. “But I’m blessed. I can’t complain. I love the game. I’m hungry. I just want to win. I’m 33. I still feel young.’’

Patterson said he’s going to keep his “mouth shut.’’ Known as a defensive stopper, he said he “definitely’’ can help the Nuggets on that end.

The Nuggets have 13 players with guaranteed contracts, and it’s uncertain whether they will begin the season with more. But Patterson is undeterred.

“I don’t think so,’’ when asked if it will be tough to make the team. “That’s the attitude I’ve got to take.’’

But Patterson will have plenty of competition. If the Nuggets keep more than 13, one could be a point guard due to Chucky Atkins being out until mid-November following knee surgery.

“That’s the reason why I’m here because Chucky hurt himself,’’ Parker said. “I’ve just got to take advantage of the opportunity given to me by the Denver Nuggets.’’

Parker, a six-year veteran who started 162 of 164 games for the Lakers at point guard from 2005-07, also has had some recent controversy. He got into a physical altercation with a parking valet worker last November while with Miami, and was inactive until being waived by the Heat last March. He played in 19 late-season games with the Clippers before becoming a free agent.

Parker called last season’s troubles “water under the bridge.’’

With many NBA teams seeking to cut costs, vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said the Nuggets are fortunate to have been able to bring some intriguing free agents to camp. Patterson, Parker and Cleaves all have ample NBA experience and Fazekas is considered an up-and-coming player. Mays, a rookie of Clemson, is a long shot.

“It’s not the ideal situation for them due to the collective bargaining agreement and the economics of the game the way it is today,’’ Chapman said about some of the free agents being unavailable to land guaranteed deals. “Guys fall through the cracks. We hope to be able to take advantage. A lot of times it’s those guys that make the difference.’’

Chapman, though, said it’s still “up in the air’’ whether the Nuggets will keep more than 13 for the opening-night roster. He said one factor will be the team’s injury situation.rockymountainnews (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/sep/29/nuggets-give-patterson-shot/)

09-30-2008, 12:23 AM
rockymountainnews (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/sep/29/nuggets-give-patterson-shot/)

Good Job Den !!!!!!!!

09-30-2008, 07:20 AM
smush parker, lol, i used to love him with the lakers....idk, maybe hes ok
patterson did good here in milwaukee so i wouldnt mind having him back i guesswe would have good depth on the bench

09-30-2008, 03:24 PM
again why are we signing SF/scrubs? we dont need anymore sf we have 3 already (melo/kleiza/balkman) we dont need patterson...we dont need parker hes just straight up useless... if he could land us a great PG like how brown landed the lakers pau id sign him but hes garbage....

09-30-2008, 05:24 PM
I would love to see them sign Smush, hes a great defender, very athletic and he gives us the size we lack in the back court (6'4).

09-30-2008, 06:59 PM
SLIDESHOW (javascript:void(location.href='http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url='+location.href))

On the Roster:


Big Overview:


On Defense:




Various Player/Coach Articles:








And Finally:

Let's say "Lincicome isn't a douchebag" and try not to laugh. (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/sep/30/lincicome-lets-say-its-status-quo-for-nuggets/)

09-30-2008, 07:17 PM
your kidding right? you just defended smush parker by saying hes athletic and a great defender.....haha that was a good laugh not meaning to bait or anything but smush parker has NEVER been a great defender but has had moments of athleticism...but hes garbage hes like the kwame brown of PG in the NBA

09-30-2008, 07:19 PM
i dont see cleaves/parker/fazekas/patterson making this roster....none of them are needed at all...theyre not good defenders and cant play big so just cut them now

09-30-2008, 09:06 PM
haha id have fun saying people smushed parker...

09-30-2008, 09:39 PM
I actually liked the energy, and leadership Ruben Patterson brought to this team a few years ago.

10-01-2008, 05:25 AM
That's so much to catch up on... This almost feels like homework.

Oh well, time to get started.

10-01-2008, 05:56 AM
Lincicome's article... :laugh2: Gotta love an optimist.

10-01-2008, 07:38 AM
smuch parker is str8, better than AC and Chucky. AC is just horrible and chucky would be ok if he wuz healthy, so smush is where its at

10-01-2008, 08:09 AM
That's so much to catch up on... This almost feels like homework.

Not for me... it's like a nice cold beer after a long hike on a hot day... after the offseason, I'm thirsty for the stuff. :cheers:

10-01-2008, 08:13 AM
Yeah, it is a great break from reading the same stories over and over again. I love the stuff about Nene and K-Mart, a little surprised by the lack of stuff on the newcomers to the sqad though. I'm just tired of the AI trade talk, and talk of Melo's defense, definitely a breath of fresh air here.


10-01-2008, 08:57 AM
My biggest surprise has been the lack of stuff about J.R. There are articles about Nene, K-Mart, AI, Melo, Kleiza now, even Patterson and Smush and Cleaves (!), but not one about J.R.? WTF?!?

10-01-2008, 09:08 AM
Maturity in game plan for Nuggets' Smith (http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/samadams/archives/2008/09/maturity-in-gam.html)

Kleiza's future in Denver is bright (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/sep/30/kleizas-future-in-denver-is-bright/?partner=RSS)

10-01-2008, 09:12 AM
It sounds like we are going to be seeing Kleiza playing a lot more minutes at SG than anyone here has been anticipating.

I don't know if that is a good thing or not at this point, seems like minutes will be in short supply for all of our guys.

10-01-2008, 09:24 AM
There it is - thanks. :up:

I'll merge this into the main training camp/preseason thread in a day or two.

But in the meantime, if anyone wants to use any of these articles to start a new thread topic, go for it.

I'm especially intrigued by K-Mart's apparent leadership and fantastic physical conditioning. I hope we see that 2003 K again. That would be just insanely huge.

10-01-2008, 09:25 AM
I updated the top post with a link to nuggets.com's training camp coverage page. The roster and schedule are there, as well as links to a photo gallery and news articles.

10-01-2008, 09:58 AM
we should just start AI at point with smith at sg...and kleiza/balkman at sg/sf there we dont need parker we dont need cleaves we dont need patterson....

10-01-2008, 05:28 PM
ya, i just read that, very nice, i hope he backs it up and him and nene are one domintating force

10-01-2008, 08:56 PM
Players endure sprinting drills at beginning of training camp (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10603138)

Nuggets get defensive, but not with referees (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10603459)

10-01-2008, 09:26 PM
DJIC. Smush is a good defender and extremely athletic, you cant show signs of athleticism either you are or your not. He was the starting PG two straight years for the lakers. How do you figure it could hurt to have a 6'4 PG on the bench? To me it help's solve our backcourt mismatch problems when JR is on the bench.

10-01-2008, 09:28 PM
haha YES! he is teaching defense and pick and roll and stuff! GREEATTTTTTTTTTT!

10-02-2008, 09:24 AM
well since jr isnt starting it dosnt help solve our backcourt mismatch....he started for the lakers ONE years because the lakers had noone else...why do you think they signed fisher and after that he rode the bench. all im saying is we need a pg whose consistent and parker isnt

10-02-2008, 09:26 AM
I know it was reported in one article that Karl said he'd give AC the start, but I think it's far from set in stone that, ultimately, J.R. won't be starting. I think he'll prove soon enough that he belongs there.

10-02-2008, 11:06 AM
Man! Balk, Bird add new aura (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10613144)

Jones takes pride in role of playing stand-up guy on "D" (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10612766)

Man, I really don't want to get overconfident or over-enthused about this season, knowing the Nuggets' propensity for letting us down time and time again.

But damn it, I can't help it very much now.

Every single report out of training camp just seems to be crackling with positive energy, and it's pretty infectious.

10-02-2008, 01:10 PM
sure is, i cant wait to see how we play this season, especially after melo suspension, everyone seems really committed

10-04-2008, 05:41 AM
Howard's first day.

The last time Juwan Howard was with the Nuggets things were different. The Nuggets won just 17 games in 2002-03, though Howard averaged 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds on that team. He was gone the next season when the team drafted Carmelo Anthony and started its playoff run.

The Nuggets signed Howard to the training camp roster, a one-year, nonguaranteed minimum deal. Howard turned down guaranteed deals to come back to Denver.

As for his first day back? Teammate Kenyon Martin quipped that Howard looked "winded."

"I come into a situation that is unfamiliar territory," Howard said. "This is a team that I truly have to get used to playing with, understanding the players and their game and they have to understand how I play. We went hard today. For him to say I was winded, I bet I was."

Howard said there have been no promises made in terms of how he will be used and what kind of playing time that entails.

Karl's assessment?

"(He) knows how to play," Karl said. "It's probably tough for a guy when you have no offense in and everybody is beating you up on the court."

Footnotes. Martin (right shoulder inflammation) was a limited participant in today's practice. He is expected to fully participate in Saturday's session. Karl is considering giving the team Sunday off, depending on the effort level of Saturday's practice. The Nuggets have practiced everyday this week.

More in that^ article about how the trade rumor wasn't good for the morale of practice, if you're interested in reading about that.

I guess Howard really wanted to come to Denver if he rejected other teams' guaranteed offers. That's great, I think - not only veteran leadership, but genuine enthusiasm for being part of the organization. Right on.

Hope K-Mart's shoulder is just a minor thing...

10-04-2008, 05:48 AM
* The Nuggets now have 19 players in camp.rmn


10-04-2008, 10:30 AM

More in that^ article about how the trade rumor wasn't good for the morale of practice, if you're interested in reading about that.

I guess Howard really wanted to come to Denver if he rejected other teams' guaranteed offers. That's great, I think - not only veteran leadership, but genuine enthusiasm for being part of the organization. Right on.

Hope K-Mart's shoulder is just a minor thing...Love it, really think he would be an X factor off the bench. Hope he peforms well enough to stay here.

10-04-2008, 10:38 AM
Players endure sprinting drills at beginning of training camp (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10603138)

Nuggets get defensive, but not with referees (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10603459)from the drills article, this may be a concern knowing Karl

Karl said 6-foot-10 post player Chris Andersen could be a deep-ball threat, pointing to last season when Karl let Najera, a forward, shoot 3-pointers on a regular basis. "This is my Eddie Najera experiment gone wild," Karl saidWhy??? why does karl want to use a 6-10 player on the perimeter??? Put him where he belongs in the paint to get those offensive rebounds, don't allow him to do a camby, the only person you can do that to is Juwuan Howard b/c he has proven he can hit those jump shots time and time again.

10-04-2008, 10:52 AM
Well if his perimeter shot is legit (which is something I'm severely skeptical of), it doesn't necessarily mean he has to use it a lot, but if it exists it would make him much more difficult to defend and/or allow him to get some easy points if he's completely unguarded at or near the arc. Some of Eddie's most effective 3-point shots (and some were like daggers in a few games) happened because other teams simply did not account for it. Still, he did not overly rely on that. For example, he made relatively few ill-advised perimeter shots in comparison to Camby, who did little else. Don't worry about the Birdman - I'm sure he's still mostly all about the dunks.

10-04-2008, 12:19 PM
good, those are more fun to see anyway, leave the 3's up to AI Melo Smith and Kleiza

10-04-2008, 07:59 PM
Nuggets' scrimmage sloppy, intense

The Nuggets' scrimmage got a little testy this afternoon, with players jawing at the refs — and at each other.

"It was a little sloppy," Denver coach George Karl said. "Most of my disappointment was offensive. It was sloppy, but intense."

There were numerous highlights in the scrimmage, notably from Carmelo Anthony, who Karl said was the best player on the court. For all his scoring, Anthony made a couple of slick passes, like he was Allen Iverson or something.

Perhaps the most exciting play of the scrimmage happened with four seconds left, when J.R. Smith attempted a jumper and Renaldo Balkman, the omnipresent defensive presence, stuffed the shot attempt to the floor. denverpost (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10630972)

10-05-2008, 03:37 AM
nice, i love smith, but im beginning to like balman a lot just from what im hearing about him, he'll never be as good as smith though, lol

10-07-2008, 09:00 AM
Lots of minor injurires:



training camp focus shifts to offense:


3 non-guaranteed Nugs getting paid (by the teams that waived them) even if they get cut:


Local boy Fazekas wants to get signed:


10-08-2008, 10:40 AM
Working overtime.

Tuesday, long after the rest of the Nuggets had left the practice gym, Linas Kleiza remained, shooting 3-pointer after 3-pointer, his gray shirt soaked in sweat. Kleiza, Denver's key reserve, has seemed inconsistent with his shooting during training camp, so the forward put in extra time with assistants John Welch and Larry Mangino.


Karl said point guard Smush Parker, who has a non-guaranteed contract, is looking better. He is trying to lose 15 pounds. . . . The Nuggets are hosting 1,800 elementary school students at practice today at Metro State. . . . Point guard Anthony Carter will be serving dinner to the homeless tonight at the Church In The City at 1530 Josephine St. . . . Numerous Nuggets nursed injuries Tuesday, notably Martin (left knee inflammation and right shoulder inflammation), Sonny Weems (sports hernia), Chris Andersen (bruised left calf), Ruben Patterson (right hamstring strain) and Allen Iverson (bruised left knee), who missed practice to be with his wife, who went into labor with their fifth child, a daughter they named Dream Alijha Iverson. "He's got a whole basketball team," Karl said. denverpost (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10662904)

10-09-2008, 12:53 PM






10-10-2008, 12:32 AM
Denver Post (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10679991):

Iverson back at practice

DATELINE — Allen Iverson left the Iverson Five to rejoin the Denver Five on Thursday, his first practice with the team since the birth of his fifth child, Dream Alijha.

The highlight of the practice was Kenyon Martin's highlight-reel dunk, in which he drove down the lane, faked a pass and tomahawked a dunk. When Martin landed, he stood still for a few seconds, soaking in the play. Opponent Juwan Howard cracked the silence, saying: "He traveled!"

The Nuggets open preseason play on Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Pepsi Center against Minnesota. Coach George Karl expects everyone to be suited up and ready except for Chucky Atkins (right knee) and Sonny Weems (groin strain).

As for how he'll distribute minutes, Karl said, "I would say the top-10 would get 20 minutes or more, and another two or three guys 10-15 minutes."

10-10-2008, 01:20 PM
lol, martin's dunks are viscious, i hope he has that dunk all over you mindset again this season like when he was with the nets

10-11-2008, 08:48 AM
Carter's Assignment: To keep everybody happy (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10683339)

10-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Weems, Hunter missing time to display talent (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10721158)

10-20-2008, 11:22 AM
Sorry I missed getting a game thread up for the Wolves game, everybody. Couple of articles (first one's really about Melo's game, which is good - and then Karl's dissatisfaction with J.R., which is bad - def. worth a read; 2nd one is more the straight up recap).



10-25-2008, 01:33 AM
The preseason is officially finished, and this thread will now be unstuck.

Overall, I think we had a good preseason, got to see that Nene's getting back into form, made one very solid acquisition in Juwon Howard, got to see that Balkman and Birdman, and maybe even Dahntay will be able to make genuine contributions, and my next blog is gonna be about Melo. :cool:

But all that said...



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