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  1. J.R. Smith faces culture clash in China where team is first

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    While we Americans preach that “there is no I in team” and say we want to see teams function as a unit, we are still a nation that allows the individual a lot of freedom. We give the individual a lot freedom. The Chinese culture is much more focused on fitting into a group dynamic…

  2. J.R. Smith’s demands have Chinese team frustrated

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    Somewhere, George Karl is just nodding along silently. Not his problem anymore. J.R. Smith was back on the floor with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, the team he inked a $3 million deal to play for through the full season into next March. But he is getting much more than just that salary, there are a…

  3. J.R. Smith’s knee injury not serious (he played on Tuesday)

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    It looked bad. Any time you can’t walk off the court and they take you directly to the hospital it’s scary. Doing so in a foreign country — in this case China — adds to the tension. But it turns out J.R. Smith’s knee injury is not that bad. In fact, he played in the…

  4. J.R. Smith clashes with Chinese team about knee injury

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    It took all of one game for J.R. Smith to clash with the management of his new team. Should have seen that one coming. We still don’t know the severity of a knee injury suffered by Smith in the fourth quarter of his first game in China, but it sure didn’t look good. The disagreement…

  5. J.R. Smith suffers potentially major knee injury in China

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This is the nightmare scenario, for both teams and players. Nuggets swingman J.R. Smith has apparently suffered a knee injury in his first game for his Chinese team, Zhejiang. It was a non-contact injury as he cut into the lane. We do not yet know the extent of the injury (you can watch the video…

  6. Birdman’s celebrity redneck hunting show… he’s starting it

    Nov 11, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

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    Nuggets shot blocking machine Chris Andersen is not your typical NBA player — in a league with inked-up players, the Birdman’s tattoos turn your head. And blind you. So we should have guessed that when SLAM magazine asked him what he was up to this summer (at a Converse event), the response was going to…

  7. Arron Afflalo talks free agency, efficiency, and the Bulls

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe recently did a great interview with forward Aaron Afflalo, who is a free agent after four seasons with Detroit and Denver. Here are a few highlights: SI.com: The Nuggets have had a crazy offseason, with Nene about to be an unrestricted free agent and three different free agents (J.R. Smith, Kenyon…

  8. How Antonio McDyess, Nick Van Exel showed real leadership

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

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    If you get the chance ESPN Films’ Unguarded, the story of Chris Herren and how he battled drug use throughout his college and brief NBA career. It’s compelling. But among the stories lost in the waves drugs can be how, during Herren’s time with the Nuggets veterans Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel went farther…

  9. J.R. Smith learning the good, bad of playing in China

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    The Chinese Basketball Association has an insanely high turnover rate for Western players who sign on. The basketball is different, but more so it’s the radical culture change that players struggle with, things like the food. J.R. Smith is getting some of that, but he’s adjusting. A fascinating post over at Sheridanhoops.com breaks down the…

  10. Video: Kenneth Faried sends Enes Kanter’s shot packing

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Morehead State v Louisville

    Last night in Kentucky they held a charity game called the Big Blue All-Stars vs. The Villains (the villains being players who didn’t play for the Kentucky Wildcats, obviously). Good gig, raised $50,000 for the V foundation. But what you see above was the highlight. Watch future Jazz big man Enes Kanter (who was sort of…

  11. Ty Lawson lashes out on twitter; adjusting to Europe not easy

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

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    Ty Lawson signed up to play in Lithuania while Billy Hunter and David Stern continue their ludicrous dance, the Nuggets point guard being one of the bigger name NBA players to jump overseas. But the adjustment has not been easy. He wasn’t getting a lot of minutes and has not put up big stats while…

  12. Chris “The Birdman” Andersen works with kids, Rubik’s Cubes

    Oct 24, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

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    There could be a tattoo of a Rubik’s Cube on Chris Andersen. Hard to say. But we can now officially say that the Nuggets colorful shot blocker off the bench is a Rubik’s Cube guy. You remember, the cube you learned how to take apart and put back together with all the colors aligned so…

  13. Carmelo Anthony defends his defense

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is not a good defensive player. That’s not just me talking, after ‘Melo was traded from Denver to New York Nuggets coach George Karl told TNT his team would be much better on defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on that end. Anthony took exception to that…

  14. Ty Lawson struggling to adjust to play in Lithuania

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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    Deron Williams is not the only American point guard finding playing in Europe is not so easy. Nuggets point guard of the future Ty Lawson is finding the going rough in the Lithuanian league, according to Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld. Ty Lawson is still struggling in Lithuania. Today, he went scoreless in six minutes of…

  15. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The adjustments for NBA players heading to China are massive. The language, the food, the culture is all radically different. China has a high turnover rate among players for a reason. But Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is enjoying it, he tells the Boston Globe. Part of that is because he has an American coach…

  16. Check out Ty Lawson’s car while in Europe. Nice signature.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:32 PM EST

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    Ty Lawson is one of five Nuggets players heading overseas to play while the lockout drags on — three of which may not be coming back if there is a season. But that’s another issue. One of the perks of playing in Europe is… well, the perks. The team provides housing, a car, covers the…

  17. Kenyon Martin to become third Nugget to play in China

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin is about to join J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler as key Denver Nuggets free agents that have decided to play a season in China rather than see how the lockout plays out. And that leaves the Nuggets screwed for next season. Martin’s agent Andy Miller confirmed to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post…

  18. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari to play in Italy during lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a bright side Nuggets fans, at least he didn’t go to China like everyone else. And at least he has an out clause to return. Danilo Gallinari has signed to return to Olimpia Milano during the lockout, a story broken by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando. He…

  19. What the Nuggets should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Denver Nuggets. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams.   Last Season: Well that was no fun, then it was kind of fun,…

  20. It’s official, J.R. Smith signs to play in China next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    What is the Chinese word for “gunner?” That word might now be J.R. Smith. The talented, athletic Denver swingman who never saw a shot he didn’t like has signed to play in China for next season, according to reports out of China via Nuibball.com as well as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. He will be the…

  21. No, for real, all of the Nuggets are going to China

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Seriously, are the Nuggets the only team outside of the Rockets and Lakers on television in China? Is there some sort of affinity for the powder blue? What is the deal with Chinese teams going after Denver Nuggets free agents, potentially keeping them out of the NBA when it resumes this year, if it resumes…

  22. Gary Forbes unhappy with Panama national team’s resources

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

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    In his third and final dairy entry for SLAM Online about the FIBA Americas tournament, Nuggets player Gary Forbes had some interesting things to say. Forbes played for Panama, who was 1-5 at the time of Forbes’ third diary entry, and Forbes believes that the team’s lack of resources were a major cause for their…

  23. Jordan Hamilton mistakenly thinks he can lead all rookies in scoring

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    Jordan Hamilton

    I love Jordan Hamilton’s confidence. Not sure he’s very familiar with the coach and situation he will find himself in once the lockout ends, but love that confidence. Don’t ever lose that. The first-round draft pick out of Texas finds himself in Denver and sounds as sure of himself as ever — particularly his ability…

  24. Miami to make a run at Nene in free agency… yes, it’s a longshot

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:45 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Nene has been very clear that as the most coveted free agent in this upcoming class — whenever we get into a condensed, hurried free agency period post lockout — money is not going to be his deciding factor. He wants to win. It’s not about the money. I’m sure he means it. That said,…

  25. Bargnani and Gallinari central figures in mini arms race between Italian clubs

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

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    If the Pau Gasol trade proved anything it’s that the owners and operators of basketball teams are, occasionally to a fault, reactionary thinkers. Once the dominoes begin falling, some GMs just can’t help themselves, and before they know it they’ve traded a successful offensive system and a versatile two-way player for an aging Shaquille O’Neal.…

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