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Chris Andersen: Return To Denver Will Be 'Exciting, Emotional'

Chris Andersen is expected to return to the Miami Heat on Monday at the Denver Nuggets, playing his first game in Denver since being amnestied by the team in July of 2012.

“It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be emotional, but I’ve got a game to play," Andersen said.

Andersen was a fan favorite while spending the majority of his NBA career with the Nuggets.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

J.J. Hickson Continuing To Find Career Path

J.J. Hickson is averaging 11.2 points and 8.7 rebounds this season for the Denver Nuggets following his breakout season with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

Hickson sees his career path much clearly now than he did with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"My second or third year, I wasn't content with just not messing up," Hickson said. "I wanted to be some type of player in this league, and I think I'm still working at that."

When asked what has flipped the switch for him, Hickson said, "All the hard work I put in," Hickson said. "I figured I'm not working this hard to not mess up, I'm working this hard to be the best player I can be."

Via Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

Report: Lakers Express Interest In Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

The Los Angeles Lakers recently reached out to the New York Knicks to express interest in Iman Shumpert and have interest in Tyson Chandler as well, according to sources.

The Lakers did not inquire about Chandler when they called the Knicks, but they are reportedly weighing whether to propose a Pau-Gasol-for-Chandler deal. No trade is imminent.

The Knicks could consider moving Chandler if J.R. Smith is involved in the trade.

The Knicks have discussed Shumpert in trade conversations with the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors, according to the report.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Nate Robinson Fined $25K For Public Criticism Of Referees

Nate Robinson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA due to his public criticism of officiating.

Robinson recently made comments saying he believes that the league's referees "hate" him in their officiating.

Robinson has had a strong start to the Denver Nuggets' season after helping lead the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mozgov Finding Greater Comfort, Success In Playing For Shaw

Timofey Mozgov is averaging 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds over the past two games as his numbers are up across the board in his third full season with the Denver Nuggets.

"He's getting an opportunity and he's making the most of it," Brian Shaw said.

"He puts you on the court. He trusts in you," Mozgov said of Shaw. "It's better. It's simple."

"He found out pretty quickly what we were asking him to do, and he's going out and doing it," Shaw said. "Set good screens, roll hard to the basket, rim-run on a miss; if you don't get the rebound, you should be the first one down getting good position. And we'll throw the ball inside to you if you do those things. Offensively he's put himself in the right positions to make the plays we need him to make, and defensively his size gives us a different dimension."

Via Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

Nate Robinson Blames Technical Fouls On Refs' 'Hate' For Him

Nate Robinson picked up his second technical foul in as many games on Friday and smirked when asked about the situation, saying he believes the referees dislike him.

“They hate me, they hate me,” Robinson said. “I don’t know why, but it is what it is. I already know I’ve got the target on my back, but I’ll play through it; I don’t care. I really don’t. It doesn’t bother me none. If I get a call, I get a call. If I don’t, I don’t. If I get a tech, hopefully it’s not in the fourth quarter. Hopefully I don’t get any more. But I know I will. It’s nothing new for me.”

Brian Shaw said he will sit down with Robinson to discuss how to better control his emotions.

“He’s always wound up,” Shaw said, with a grin that quickly faded away. “That’s what you get with Nate Robinson. So we just have to continue to keep working on him on that. I told him, let me deal with the referees, you just play the game. But that’s easier said than done.”

Via Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post
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