Meanwhile, (Nuggets Coach Brian) Shaw is hoping one of his current Nuggets players benefits from high-level coaching and experience with other top players. Forward Kenneth Faried gets back to work this week with USA Basketball, as the team practices in Chicago on Thursday and Friday before an exhibition game Saturday against Brazil.
“I would only hope that Kenneth gets better,” Shaw said, “and comes back a better player, a better leader and things of that nature.”
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN