Five Things To Watch: Denver Nuggets

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GeorgeKarlThe 2012-13 season was a tale of two beings for the Denver Nuggets. The first being was the regular season, where they won an NBA franchise-record 57 games. The other was the playoffs, where they were abruptly taken out by the Golden State Warriors in six games.

This offseason was a shocking one for many Nuggets fans. GM Masai Ujiri, the NBA Executive of the Year, walked away and was replaced by Tim Connelly. Long-time coach George Karl was fired and replaced by rookie coach Brian Shaw. And free agents Andre Iguodola and Corey Brewer were not re-signed.

There is some new blood in the form of free agents J.J. Hickson, Randy Foye and Nate Robinson, further adding to the mystery of the 2013-14 season for the Nuggets. Nobody is sure what to expect out of them. Here are five things to watch.

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Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Reflect On 9/11

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It was 12 years ago today that the horrors of 9/11 were etched into the annals of history, yet the events of that day still seem so recent.

Two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City causing them to collapse and two other planes flew towards targets further south—one crashing in a field in Pennsylvania, the other hitting the Pentagon in Washington.

Today, as many across the United States take time to reflect on the tragedy that occurred so many years ago, so to do our favorite NBA athletes.

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Tweet of the Day: Nate Robinson will miss Chicago

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Nate RobinsonFree agent guard Nate Robinson has a new home.

He will be joining the Denver Nuggets for the next two seasons. As detailed in today’s Evening News, the deal is reportedly worth the bi-annual salary-cap exception, which is about $4.1 million.

The addition of Robinson gives the Nuggets six new players heading into the 2013-14 NBA season, including JJ Hickson, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye, Erick Green (46th pick in the NBA draft) and Joffrey Lauvergne (55th pick).

He leaves the Windy City behind, as the Chicago Bulls expect the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose.

SH Blog: D’Antoni questions how Houston is better for Howard, Lakers want LeBron or Melo

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Mike D'AntoniWhen Dwight Howard left the Los Angeles Lakers and bolted to the Houston Rockets, we heard and saw the reactions of plenty – perhaps most notably from Kobe Bryant, who immediately unfollowed his former teammate on Twitter upon hearing the news.

The one person most relevant to the situation that we’ve yet to hear from had been Mike D’Antoni, whose offense was cited as a critical reason for Howard’s desire for departure. So what did the coach think of his time with the center? How did D’Antoni feel about Howard’s decision to join the Rockets? Vincent Bonsignore of Daily News has all the details below:

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Tweet of the Night: Ty Lawson makes fun of Kenneth Faried showing off his buns

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Tyson Chandler NudeEvery year, a couple of NBA athletes are chosen to be a part of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue”, where the players strip down to almost nothing to show off all parts of their bodies. It’s a way of celebrating and admiring the amazing physique of some of the best around the league.

Last season, Tyson Chandler and Blake Griffin were chosen to grace the cover. This season, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and Washington Wizards point guard John Wall were chosen to show off their goods.

It’s great to show off your body as art for these athletes, but when you’re letting it all hang out (the back, that is) like this, you’re bound to be called out for it by your peers. Faried’s teammate Ty Lawson did just that, as you can see below: