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Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried excited by the Nuggets’ addition of Nate Robinson

Jul 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates scoring game winning basket with Faried over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver Reuters

LAS VEGAS — Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson were on the basketball court at the Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas on Monday when the news broke that the Denver Nuggets had signed the dynamic and diminutive Nate Robinson to a free agent contract.

Faried and Lawson are among the almost 30 players participating in USA Basketball’s mini-camp, which runs through the end of the week.

It’s been a summer of change for the Nuggets organization, from the coach to the GM to Andre Iguodala all leaving town for one reason or another. But both Faried and Lawson are embracing it all with a positive attitude, and were pleased with the Robinson addition.

“I’m excited,” Faried told “Nate Robinson is a good player. He plays hard, he’s not afraid of a challenge, and he backs down from no one, so I respect that from him. I’m glad we scooped him up.”

Lawson likes the acquisition as well, and sees Robinson as a more-than-capable insurance policy.

“I literally just got the text from Nate,” Lawson told “It’s a good pickup. I talked to [new Nuggets GM] Tim Connelly, and he said you know, the last couple of years I probably got hurt, then missed like 18 games. For Nate just to step right in, and be able just to play like he did with Chicago will be just huge for us.”

Lawson only missed a total of 14 games over the past two seasons, but you get the idea.

With so many changes in one offseason, it might be easy for players to start feeling insecure about their situation, or wonder if in fact there’s truly a plan for success in place. Lawson can be counted among the believers.

“Everything was surprising,” he said. “But you know, the staff and the Kroenkes, they have a picture. They’re just painting it right now. When we see the end product, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be good. I’m excited for everybody, and with the new acquisitions I think we’re going to be a good team.”

Faried shared his teammate’s outlook, and seemed a little bit more at ease with things since I last spoke with him at adidas Eurocamp in Italy earlier this summer. He feels like if he focuses on personal improvement, the rest will take care of itself.

“Just get better,” Faried said, when asked how he’s approaching next season. “As a person, as a player, you’ve just got to get better. Don’t worry about the changes, as long as you get better, hopefully with the changes the team will come together and we can build some camaraderie. We all want one goal — the NBA championship.”

  1. SO SWILLY - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Good job capturing their excitement in the picture.

  2. dirtydavis - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Excited??? really? LMAO

    • kevinravens1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Of course they are excited………do you even watch basketball???

      • dirtydavis - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Of course i watch basketball. Do you? Nate Robinson aint nothing to get excited about. There are 50 active players I would take over him

    • kevinravens1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Nate Robinson is one of the most exciting players in the NBA, he is an instant sparkplug off the bench, and the Nuggets got him at a very affordable price….this is a great signing by the nuggets, and it should help them succeed.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Dude, you really need to get off the hype train and face reality. Nate is just a wannbe one on one man show. I can name 30 NBA (active) bench players better than Nate Robinson

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        @ dirty d

        No you can’t. Do it.

      • ryanrockzzz - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        Yea but this isn’t exactly the “missing piece” per say for the Nuggets team. Robinson better hope his game showed improvement at age 29 as well this year. He has an affordable contact, but there is a reason he was buried on the Bulls bench last year and only played because he had to. He is not exactly great on the defensive side of things and can be a very streaky shooter.

        The Nuggets needed some scoring off the bench, and as long as they let Robinson do his thing and take the bad with the good, it will work for them this year.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      I’ve seen some stupid posts from people commenting on here, in fact I have even been one of those.

      Welcome to the crowd.

    • kevinravens1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Dude…..Nate Robinson is gonna be a valuable part of the Nuggets success next season…Now they can trade Andre Miller and know that they have a solid back-up to Ty Lawson…..

    • money2long - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      dirtydavis, just go ahead and say it. you know more about basketball players than basketball players.

  3. pauliewalnuts90 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Dang! Denver is gunna be fun to watch this season… Nate the Great!!

  4. mrwhiteshadez - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Nate Robinson is a straight thug. The man will light ’em up in Denver.

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