Apr 16, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried tired of being 'energy' guy


The Denver Nuggets have been in contractual talks with forward Kenneth Faried for some time, but the two have struggled to find a middle ground.

One reason as to why is the pay Faried is likely commanding considering he’s tired of being known as an ‘energy’ guy around the league and wants to be known as a ‘superstar’.

“I respect it, but that’s not something I want – ‘Oh he’s the energy guy. That’s all he’s going to bring us,’” Faried said. “I want to be known as ‘He’s the All-Star, he’s the superstar.’ I want to be that superstar player. I know what it takes. I’ve seen what it takes. I’ve watched guys at my position make it to that level, and I’m trying to make it there, too.

“As a superstar, you’re supposed to have everything. You’re supposed to work on everything and get better at everything, and that’s what I plan on doing.”

While Faried is a talented player who does make his living off of putting in more effort than his opponent, he simply doesn’t have the skills to be a true superstar like a LeBron James or Tim Duncan (during his prime). That’s not to say Faried can’t be a good player and possibly even emerge into an All-Star caliber talent, but the abaility simply isn’t there.

Understandably, the Nuggets aren’t interested in paying him like a superstar he so desires to become so it sounds as if the two are currently in a bit of a stalemate until something budges.

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  • Adam

    Omg Tim Connelly mate what are you doing to this team. Firstly your ruining our up tempo style and Secondly you don’t know what true talent is and Lastly you don’t know what to do with you money…. WOW

  • Adam

    Randy Foye??… wow…….Nate Robinson??..wow

  • Kathy Weidner

    Write the check Connelly…I think the kid has it in him….

  • Furious_Stylez

    Faried will never be a superstar. He has zero midrange game and no defense whatsoever. When any veteran big man posts him up, they score in multiple ways and make Faried look like a clown.

    That being said, Connolly should sign him to a 4yr-$32m deal. Denver is not a Superstar destination and gifted rebounders don’t grow on trees like they used to in the 80s and 90s. If they plan to keep running, Faried is essential to their success. He’s also a good guy off the court and not someone they have to worry about getting in trouble with the law.