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10-27-2008, 02:18 AM
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10-27-2008, 02:22 AM
Balkman Waits

After an injury-hampered preseason, Renaldo Balkman might not be in the rotation entering the opener Wednesday at Utah. But Balkman doesn't believe that should affect whether the Nuggets pick up his $2.11 million 2009-10 contract option by the Friday deadline.

"They know how to scout," Balkman said of his previous two seasons with New York. "They know my game."

Karl is leaning toward playing Juwan Howard and Linas Kleiza ahead of Balkman as a reserve power forward. But Karl said Balkman needs to be ready to log 10 minutes if there's foul trouble.

With the Nuggets having money concerns, club officials are thinking long and hard whether to pick up an option that could be for an amount higher than Balkman could get as an unrestricted free agent next summer, when NBA money is expected to be tight.

"I hope they pick up my option," said Balkman, who returned to practice Sunday after missing the preseason finale Friday because of a sore ankle. He missed three preseason games, averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in four games.

"(The Nuggets) have the right to wait as long as they can," said Balkman's agent, Andre Buck, who said he's not sure what the club's intentions are.

The Nuggets and Bill Duffy, Kleiza's agent, continue to discuss a possible contract extension that would begin next season. If one isn't signed by Friday, Kleiza becomes a restricted free agent next summer.


When Carmelo Anthony first saw the schedule, there were mixed emotions.

"I get to play in the home opener. . . . But those are tough games to miss," Anthony said of missing the season opener at Utah and Friday against the Clippers in Los Angeles because of a two-game suspension, but returning Saturday at home against the Lakers.

Anthony said it hasn't been discussed whether he'll go on the first trip, saying it would "be hard going and not playing" and "watching from a hotel room." He apparently wouldn't mind watching at "my house."

But Karl, who has two shootarounds and a practice on the trip, continues to expect Anthony will travel. "He probably should be with the team," Karl said.


* Karl said Allen Iverson, who returned Friday after missing two games because of a sprained ankle, practiced Sunday without complication. Calling Iverson "a pro," Karl pronounced him ready for the opener.

* Chris Andersen, who averaged 7.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in the preseason, was sent home Sunday because of flu symptoms. Karl said Andersen was given fluids and is hopeful he'll practice today.

* Rookie Sonny Weems (groin strain) still doesn't know when he'll practice for the first time. He joins Chucky Atkins (knee) and Steve Hunter (knee) as having been ruled out of the opener.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/26/nuggets-report-balkman-waits/?partner=RSS)

Tian Tian Boy
10-27-2008, 01:07 PM
knee injuries drives me crazy!!! please 'knee injury stay away!' especially to nene and kmart! ;)

10-27-2008, 02:00 PM
Chucky drives me crazy....What a pansy. 2nd year in a row.

10-27-2008, 04:23 PM
hmm steven hunter and chucky hurt. kinda wish we traded them for jamal now.

10-27-2008, 07:49 PM
at least all the starters are healthy, knock on wood

10-28-2008, 04:35 AM
Iverson says he's ready for opener

There was breaking news Monday after a Nuggets practice.

Allen Iverson admitted he's getting older.

Perhaps nobody had noticed until this fall. But Iverson, 33, missed four preseason games with knee and ankle problems and averaged 5.3 points and shot 4-of-22 in the three he played.

"With this injury I had, maybe when I was younger, it probably would have healed a lot faster," Iverson said of the sprained ankle he had before returning for last Friday's preseason finale. "I really think so. I'm not being stupid. I am getting older."

Iverson said he's feeling much better, and pronounced himself "ready to go" for Wednesday's opener at Utah. But he admitted he could be hampered by time missed.

"I might start off slow," he said. "But who knows? But the type of person I am, the competitor I am, I'm going to give it all I've got."

Iverson averaged 41.8 minutes last season, also his career average. But that figure could decrease.

"I could see me cutting back on everybody's minutes," said Nuggets coach George Karl, saying he doesn't want players on "cruise control to save energy" the way he wants to play.

For now, Iverson will spend some extra minutes honing his shot.

"My jump shot is not where I want to be," he said. "But . . . everything else I'm happy with."


* Carmelo Anthony, suspended for both games, said he won't travel for games Wednesday and Friday against the Clippers. He will have a wisdom tooth pulled Wednesday in Denver. "I'll watch the games at my house," Anthony said. "I'll be on medication."

* Karl called it a "pretty impressive camp." He said the season's "hardest 20 games" are at the start but doesn't mind predictions Denver will struggle. "This team has done very well when people have doubted them, when people think they are ready to fall on their face," Karl said.

* Chris Andersen returned to practice after missing Sunday's workout because of the flu. Karl said Andersen was still a "little under the weather," but the coach expects him to be ready Wednesday.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/27/nuggets-report-iverson-says-hes-ready-for-opener/?partner=RSS)

10-28-2008, 12:14 PM
Chucky needs to be in a wheelchair except during a light practice and games. The guy might end his career getting out of his car. The trainers should get a holiday bonus just for dealing with him. Terrible.

10-28-2008, 04:03 PM
they said maybe a week or something and hell be back in one of the articles i read, but hell prolly extend it somehow

10-30-2008, 11:34 AM
Atkins' rehab slowed

Nuggets guard Chucky Atkins was ruled out for at least six weeks after Sept. 24 knee surgery, but his recovery will take longer.

"I'd say two or three weeks," Atkins, who hits the six-week mark Nov. 5, said of how long before he's back.

Atkins said he's running straight at full speed but still must improve his lateral movement.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/30/nuggets-report-atkins-rehab-slowed/?partner=RSS)

10-30-2008, 02:05 PM
there ya go

11-05-2008, 02:08 PM
Kenyon Martin-F- Nuggets Nov. 5 - 9:48 am et

Nuggets power forward Kenyon Martin (left hamstring, left wrist) said after Tuesday's practice he will play on Wednesday.
Obviously encouraging news for his owners, and it sounds safe to keep him active.rotoworld

11-05-2008, 02:42 PM

WHEW.....I was wondering why news was comin in...I'm glad.

11-07-2008, 03:32 AM

To get another opinion on his ailing right knee, Denver's Steven Hunter saw Vail specialist Dr. Richard Steadman on Wednesday.

"It's another thing to help the issues he's had," said agent Mark Bartelstein, who wouldn't say if surgery could help Hunter.

After being hopeful last week, Karl isn't optimistic about Hunter helping the Nuggets soon.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/06/nuggets-report-mcdyess-mad-denver/?partner=RSS)

* While Karl expects Sonny Weems to be sent to the NBADL's Colorado 14ers in the near future, he's doesn't expect that to happen to Samb soon because big men are needed for practice. "I talked to a couple people and they said he's a legit prospect," Karl said of the 7-foot-1, 245-pound Samb, who will wear No. 35.

* Chucky Atkins, out since Sept. 24 knee surgery, is expected to resume practice next week.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/04/nuggets-report-haggling-over-bucks/?partner=RSS)

No more timetable for Atkins

Nuggets guard Chucky Atkins (knee surgery) had hoped to be back with the team about mid-November, which would be late next week. But Thursday he erased any further timetables saying his rehab is going slower than anticipated.

"I don't know when I'm going to be back out there, but I'm trying to make it as soon as possible," Atkins said. "No timetables because I don't know how it's going to react."

Atkins did say he's still improving. He missed the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season. It has been an injury-riddled two seasons in Denver for Atkins, who played in a career-low 24 games last season due to a groin strain and sports hernia.

"I'm trying to ease into it more and more each day," Atkins said. "Obviously, when I get to the point where I start hurting, I have to stop."


Forward Kenyon Martin (hamstring) said he felt fine a day after playing at Golden State. Martin strained his left hamstring in the Nuggets game against the L.A. Lakers last Saturday and had been questionable leading up to the contest. post (http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_10918927)

11-07-2008, 11:10 AM
well that sucks for atkins, hes coming back, but AC has been playing good and hes going to be our backup im guessing, unless something meraculous happens where he looks like he deserves backup....trade him!

11-09-2008, 02:46 AM
Sprained wrist might sideline Nuggets' Martin

Kenyon Martin is hurting again. This time, its his wrist.

Martin, the Nuggets forward who suffered a strained hamstring on Nov. 1 against the Lakers but didnt end up missing any games, sprained his left wrist in the second quarter Friday against Dallas. Martin, who remained in the game, is listed as questionable for the game against Memphis on Sunday at the Pepsi Center.

Martin had a magnetic resonance imaging exam Saturday, but it showed no ligament or bone damage.

I dont know, Nuggets coach George Karl said of whether Martin will play. I would say its 50-50, but Im not an expert on the subject.

After the game Friday, Martin said his wrist was bothering him and didnt know if he would be able to go Sunday.

If Martin cant play, Karl isnt sure who will start. He could go with Chris Andersen or start a small lineup with Linas Kleiza, normally a small forward.

I could go real small and start J.R. (Smith), said Karl, which would mean Carmelo Anthony would go from small forward to power forward, with Smith moving in for him.rocky

11-09-2008, 03:58 AM
that sucks, We really can't afford to lose any of our big men, especially kmart and nene. Once those two go out of the game it seems like we break down and blow leads.
Memphis has some solid bigs too: gasol, warrick, Arthur, and milicic.
If we have serious foul trouble i wonder if cheik semb could see some minutes, also when are we gonna resign Howard?

11-09-2008, 12:47 PM
good question, i dont like te melo at PF idea, Why not start Balkman?

11-09-2008, 03:05 PM
balkman looked lost when he played against golden state.

11-10-2008, 12:31 AM
The Nuggets played without forward Kenyon Martin, who suffered a sprained left wrist Friday. Nuggets coach George Karl isnt sure if Martin will be able to play when the Nuggets begin a three-game trip Tuesday at Charlotte.

Its day to day, Karl said. Its just a bruised, sore wrist.

The Nuggets were further weakened inside when Chris Andersen was lost for the night after the third quarter due to fractured rib. The Nuggets soon should know more on Andersen, banged into by a Memphis player.


The (Antonio McDyess) buyout is expected to be finalized today, which would result in McDyess clearing waivers Wednesday. Most observers believe McDyess, after a 30-day waiting period, will return to the Pistons.


ETC.: With the roster soon to be back to 14, a source said Nuggets basketball people want to re-sign forward Juwan Howard, waived last Monday. However, the decision ultimately is up to Nuggets owner Stan Kroekne, who wants to get under the luxury-tax threshold of $71.15 million by the end of the season. The Nuggets are in line now to be about $900,000 over the threshold, and a Howard signing would add more than $700,000 if he were to last the season. I definitely think Juwan could help us, but its a personnel and business decision as much as a basketball decision, Karl saidWith center Steven Hunter set for knee surgery that will keep him out two or three months, if not the entire season, Karl has some concern about the teams post-man situation. Hes hoping the 7-foot-1, 245-pound Samb, who made his Denver debut Sunday by playing a scoreless final minute, eventually could help against very big teams.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/09/six-nuggets-score-double-figures-win-over-memphis/?partner=RSS)

11-10-2008, 11:02 PM
In other Nuggets news, forward Chris Andersen, who broke a rib in a win against Memphis on Sunday, will not travel with the Nuggets on a three-game trip that takes them to Charlotte (Tuesday), Cleveland (Thursday) and Boston (Friday). Forward Kenyon Martin (sprained left wrist) is listed as 50-50 to play at Charlotte.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/10/nuggets-send-mcdyess-his-merry-way/?partner=RSS)

11-18-2008, 03:17 AM
Atkins available

Nuggets guard Chucky Atkins will be available tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the season's first 10 games recovering from right knee surgery.

Atkins, who missed 50 games because of injuries last season, went through a full practice Monday but likely will not play unless the game is a blowout.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/17/nuggets-report-martin-not-so-flagrant/?partner=RSS)

11-18-2008, 03:22 AM
Hunter will be out for at least 12 weeks, and perhaps the entire season, but the silver lining is that this surgery may not have been the career ender they'd been fearing.

Nuggets' Hunter optimistic about future

Good news came the Nuggets' way over the weekend.

There were worries that right knee trouble could spell the end of center Steven Hunter's career. But the news was as good as one could have expected following Friday's surgery performed by Dr. Richard Steadman at Vail's Steadman-Hawkins Clinic.

If you want to know important Dr. Steadman has been before to the Nuggets, consider he performed microfracture surgery in November 2006 on forward Kenyon Martin. Martin became the first NBA player ever to come back from microfracture surgery on each knee, and says now he hasn't felt this good in years.

With knee trouble hampering Hunter all fall, Nuggets officials had been doing everything they could to try to cheer him up.

Hunter visited a specialist last month in New York, but that doctor didn't want to perform surgery. He recommended further rest and rehabilitation for Hunter.

Apparently, that answer wasn't good enough. So Hunter visited Dr. Steadman early this month. The doctor recommended a procedure in which room in his joint would be created by cleaning out loose cartilage. That apparently would eliminate the pain Hunter, 27, has been experiencing.

Speaking Sunday, both Hunter and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, were upbeat. The surgery was a great success, and Hunter was informed he can expect to play again.

"It went very well,'' said Hunter, saying he's "definitely'' going to play again. "It was very successful.''

Hunter, ruled out by the Nuggets a minimum of 12 weeks, realizes he still might not play this season. He said he won't better be able to know that for two months.

Hunter said he won't rush anything. Even if he can't return this season, he still feels very good about his future.

Hunter's game is based on running and jumping. He believes, after two straight injury-plagued seasons, he can return to doing that.

"He's already feeling better,'' Bartelstein said.

So are the Nuggets, a team desperate for size. While the 7-foot Hunter might not be able to come back this season, he does have one year left on his contract.

Hunter often has said Nuggets fans "haven't seen the real Steven Hunter.'' He's remains hopeful they will next season.rocky (http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/nuggets/archives/2008/11/nuggets_hunter.html)

11-18-2008, 03:39 AM
good luck to hunter in the future but in the end he's just a person who gets hurt when he dosnt even play makes 0 sense....we need to either buy him out or trade him same goes for atkins

11-18-2008, 04:33 PM
i think its a good gamefor atkins to try and play a little in, dont doubt milwaukee though, they can be tough, they are playing without redd and villenueva who are huge for them and are still being tough. but hey, get atkins some minutes and up his value a bit and then get rid of him, not a bad idea

11-24-2008, 03:54 AM
Andersen, Weems both getting close now

Nuggets forward Chris Andersen, out since suffering a broken rib Nov. 9, shot for 30 minutes Saturday and will do noncontact work this week in practice.

"Not hoping. I am," Andersen said when asked if Sunday against Houston remains his hopeful return date, adding he's gotten "winded" in recent cardiovascular drills.

Coach George Karl said that the Nuggets "need another body (is a) thought process that hangs around our team (but) as soon as Chris gets back, I think that will go away."

Also, rookie Sonny Weems, out all season because of a groin strain, will be a full participant in practice this week.rocky (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/23/nuggets-report-andersen-close/)

Getting the Birdman back into the rotation is going to be a big help in bolstering the size of our frontcourt, so this is really good news. Let's hope he's back in time for Houston on 11/30.

11-24-2008, 11:26 PM
he is a gigantic help for us, very good hustle and everything we need in our defense, always plays optimistically, with balkman coming out and playing great now itll be an awesome set of bench players that we have,
and weems, id just like to see him play and see what he can do, maybe try him at point, and then trade atkins and AC (Den wishes!)