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Nuggets players help celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Astonished faces and laughter overflowed the hallways and classrooms at Fairview Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 18 as students welcomed special guests Carmelo Anthony, Yakhouba Diawara, the Denver Nuggets Dancers, and Nuggets Super Mascot Rocky!Each of the more than 250 students received a Denver Nuggets t-shirt, a holiday present donated by Kroenke Sports Enterprises employees, tickets to an upcoming home game and a chance to welcome their guests to their school.
“Our partnership with the Nuggets has been a blessing – the many opportunities they have provided thus far have been fabulous. The event on Thursday with Rocky, the dancers, Carmelo and Yakhouba was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both children and adults alike.” said Principal Norma Giron.
The players and dancers spent the afternoon listening to the students share their thoughts on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on each of their lives. Ten year-old Annette Espinoza had the chance to share her writing with Carmelo Anthony:
“I thought that Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who fought for equality and brought peace to the people. I am so grateful to have friends of many colors. I am Hispanic and in the fourth grade at Fairview Elementary School. If it was not for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I would not be able to go to public places with my family and friends. I really wish all people could follow Dr. King’s dream…I am grateful for all that he did to have equality in our country. I am writing this in loving memory of him.” – Annette Espinoza, Fairview 4th Grader
Kroenke Sports Enterprises and the Denver Nuggets have adopted Fairview Elementary School as part of the Denver Public Schools Partners Program, which cultivates, nurtures, and sustains partnerships between DPS schools and Denver corporations. School partners provide volunteer hours, in-kind contributions, and financial resources to meet the specific needs of their adopted school.
Nuggets Help “Lift Up America”
Boykins, Sampson do their part to make the holiday season memorable
By Tim Gelt | Nuggets.com Coorespondent
DENVER, Dec. 5 — Teamwork. It’s what basketball is all about. It’s what life is all about. Coaches always stress making the extra pass and being unselfish on the basketball court, and Nuggets players Earl Boykins and Jamal Sampson took that same unselfish attitude outside of the gym and onto the streets.
On December 5th, Boykins and Sampson took part in Lift Up America, which is a national initiative sponsored by Tyson Foods, Luxottica, Starkey Hearing and Interstate Batteries. Nationally, Lift Up America will distribute 2.24 million meals, as well as provide 25,000 eye exams and eyeglasses and $25 million in hearing aids to the underserved. The two Nuggets players helped distribute 30,000 pounds of Tyson’s Food chicken and 4,000 battery packs from Interstate Batteries to 35 Denver agencies that provide services for homeless and low-income families. The distribution was coordinated by Food Bank of the Rockies.
In a project completely endorsed by the City of Denver and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Boykins and Sampson along with Nuggets Community Ambassadors Walter Davis and Calvin Natt loaded boxes and boxes filled with countless pounds of chicken to agency workers who will then distribute the meals to the disadvantaged people that their agencies aim to help. Cars lined up and down Chopper Circle in front of the Pepsi Center to collect the meals and batteries.
Boykins and Sampson also walked down the aisle of cars and greeted the drivers and passengers that were labeled the true heroes of the day at the press conference to kick off the program because their agencies work directly with the under privileged families of Denver. Expecting to get meals to serve to families they work with, the agency workers got unexpected smiles and handshakes from Boykins and Sampson, which made the day even more special.
Teamwork is defined as a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause. On this day the coordinated effort of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, the Denver Nuggets, The City of Denver, Tyson Foods, Lenscrafter/Luxxottica, Interstate Batteries, Starkey Hearing Labs, Food Bank of the Rockies, the Denver Fire Department and all of the agencies and volunteers – including Boykins and Sampson – who took part did their best to try and reach the goal of helping others this holiday season.
Nuggets Head Coach George Karl and assistant Doug Moe would be proud of everyone involved with Lift Up America because they all truly did “make the extra pass.”
J.R. Smith Chat Transcript
J.R. Smith took a break from hosting the Second Annual J.R. Smith Basketball Camp in Neptune, NJ to chat with fans Friday, August 25.J.R., selected 18th overall out of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ by the New Orleans Hornets at the 2004 NBA Draft, joined the Denver Nuggets after a succession of summer trades.
Fans asked J.R. about his camp, his career so far and joining the Nuggets. However, if you missed the live chat, here is the transcript.
bobby, denver: Are you excited to work alongside with Carmelo?
J.R. Smith: Oh yeah. I’m very excited, he’s a great player and a team player.
kim, denver: jr – how’s your camp going and what’s the best part?
J.R. Smith: My camp is going great. We got some very good players here, but the best thing for me has been all the smiles on the kids‘ faces.
cyril(homestead): jr how does it feel to get traded twice in the same summer.
J.R. Smith: It doesn’t feel any different for it to be done twice. I’m still just going to one new place. It isn’t like it happened during the season twice, where I had to pick up and move two times. It was just one of those things and I’m looking forward to moving on to a new team with a new beginning and playing basketball.
Colin(Regina): You probably have the most pressure of any of the nuggets going into training camp, because the nuggets have never had a great shooting guard. What are you going to do to change that?
J.R. Smith: I don’t consider myself great yet. I just want to be one of the guys and earn my place on the team, wherever that may be. I just want to contribute as best as I can to help us win games.
Quincy, Colorado Springs: Have you had a chance to talk to any of your new teammates and if so what has been the vibe?
J.R. Smith: I talked to Nene and Carmelo. It’s been a great vibe. My hopes are high. We open up with the Clippers, so it’s a great way to start the season, trying to get back at the team that ended our season last year. I really look forward to playing for the Nuggets.
gene, new brunswick, nj: I was wondering since i just read Dajuan Wagner from Camden, NJ who played for the Cavs had a workout to get back in the NBA after some injuries – did you ever play against him in high school and what do you think of his comeback?
J.R. Smith: I did play against him, my freshman year. He may be the best player to ever come out of New Jersey. The way he could score the ball, was unbelievable.
Jacque(Clinton, MD): Hey J.R.!! Just wanted to let you know i’m a huge fan of your young career and i wish you the best in Denver!! What kind of workout have you been doing over the summer and what area are you focusing on?
J.R. Smith: I’m focusing on coming into training camp in my best shape ever. I want to be totally in shape and be ready for camp. I don’t want fatigue or anything like that to get in my way when I come into camp.
Brad (Gadsden,Alabama): J.R., If you would have gone to college what college would go to?
J.R. Smith: University of North Carolina.
Icky, Reno, NV: J.R. – What are some things you like to do for fun?
J.R. Smith: I love playing the new Madden game that just came out. I love video games, period. I also shop…go to the mall…and of course, I work out. I always work out.
William(Kennesaw): Hey J.R., would you consider yourself one of the best dunkers right now?
J.R. Smith: It’s hard to say, there are so many great dunkers out there, Vince Carter and Josh Smith and so many other guys. I’d like to think that I’d be up there with those guys, though.
Aaron (Camas): Hey J.R. I heard a little bit about your troubles with Coach Byron Scott last season; in effect, your playing time and statistics took a dip compared to your pretty impressive first-season. So, from your sophomore year, I was wondering if you could give us a little insight as to what you learned from last season and how you think it’ll make you a better –and stronger– player in Denver.
J.R. Smith: The thing I learned most last year, is that things aren’t always what they seem. No matter what people say, you need to always be ready to play right away and do your best. It’s about what happens on the court, no matter what the talk is.
The Nuggets‘ post-season run came to an end, as the Spurs beat the Nuggets 93-78 in 5 games. It was one of Iverson’s worst playoff performances, where he made just 31 of 92 shots, after scoring 31 in the their Game 1 win.
„I felt like this was the worst playoff series that I’ve played in my career,“ Iverson said. „It was kind of frustrating, coming into a new situation, wanting to be the one that gets this team over the hump, get them out of the first round. And to play like I’m not capable of playing is just frustrating.“
But the outlook looks good for the Nuggets, we saw a glimpse of the Nuggets full-force near the end of the season where they won 10 of 11. Once they get a full training camp together, they could possibly be a top 1-2-3 seed in the West. Hopefully, they’ll be able to keep Camby in the off-season, and have a healthy K-Mart come back in October.
|Nuggets Re-Sign Evans (Sept. 8,
The Denver Nuggets re-signed
forward Reggie Evans to a multi-
year contract. Evans, 6-8, 245,
averaged 5.2 ppg and 8.7 rpg
in 23.3 minutes over 26 games
with the Nuggets last season
after being acquired from Seattle
in a four-team trade on Feb. 23.
|Nuggets Deal With Bucks, Land
Joe Smith (Aug. 10, 2006):
The Denver Nuggets acquired
forward Joe Smith from the
Milwaukee Bucks in exchange
for guard/forward Ruben
Patterson. Smith, 6-10, 225,
has appeared in 751 career
games with Golden State,
Detroit and Milwaukee,
averaging 12.4 ppg and 7.1
rpg. He averaged 8.6 ppg
and 5.2 rpg in 44 games
with the Bucks last season.
|Nuggets Sign Jamal Sampson (Jul.
The Denver Nuggets signed foward/
center Jamal Sampson to a contract.
Sampson, 6-11, 235, has averaged
2.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 50 career
games over four seasons with
Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Lakers,
Charlotte and Sacramento.
|Nuggets Sign Rookie Forward
Diawara (Jul. 26, 2006):
The Denver Nuggets signed
forward Yakhouba Diawara to a
contract. Diawara, 6-7, 225,
recently played with the Nuggets
at the Toshiba Vegas Summer
League, helping the team to a
4-1 record. In five games, he
averaged 11.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg and
1.8 apg in 23.0 minutes, while
shooting .553 from the field.
|Nuggets Acquire J.R. Smith from the
Bulls (Jul. 20, 2006):
The Denver Nuggets acquired guard
J.R. Smith from the Chicago Bulls in
exchange for guard Howard Eisley
and two second-round draft choices.
Smith, 6-6, 220, was acquired by the
Bulls on July 14 from the New Orleans/
Oklahoma City Hornets, with whom
he spent his first two NBA seasons.
Smith has appeared in 131 career
games, averaging 9.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
and 1.5 apg in 21.7 minutes.
|Nenê, Nuggets Agree to Multi-
Year Deal (Jul. 20, 2006):
The Denver Nuggets re-signed
forward/center Nenê to a multi-year
contract. Nenê, 6-11, 260, has
played in 213 games in his four-
year career – all with the Nuggets.
He has averaged 10.7 ppg and 6.2
rpg in 28.6 minutes in those
contests. He enjoyed his best
season in 2003-04, averaging 11.8
ppg and 6.5 rpg in 77 games.
|Nuggets Ink Anthony to Contract
Extension (Jul. 12, 2006):
The Denver Nuggets re-signed
forward Carmelo Anthony to a
multi-year contract extension. In
2005-06, Anthony ranked eighth
in the NBA in scoring with a career-
high average of 26.5 ppg, the
highest rank by a Nugget since
Michael Adams ranked sixth in
1990-91 (26.5). His scoring
average increased by 5.7 ppg
over last season. He also shot a
career-high .481 from the field
and a career-high .808 from the