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Nuggets Notes: Martin, Karl, Playoffs

Here are the latest notes on the Nuggets, who visit the Clippers tonight…

  • Kenyon Martin will not return to the Nuggets this season, writes Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post, citing a league source. The 34-year-old power forward had been playing in China but was recently cleared by FIBA to return to the NBA, as we noted earlier today.
  • Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports takes a look at the Nuggets post-Carmelo Anthony. Among the interesting tidbits of information is that coach George Karl says this version of the Nuggets easier to coach than his previous teams. Karl also shared what he said to Anthony when the Nuggets visited the Knicks on Jan. 21: "I respect you. You’re the best scorer I ever coached. What you did [in Denver] before I got here, and what we did once we got together, is a pretty good run. It doesn’t have a lot of playoff success, but it has a lot of good basketball."
  • Kiki Vandeweghe, a contributor for FOX Sports and former GM of the Nuggets, discusses the Nuggets as they visit the Clippers tonight and host the Lakers on Friday. He says the Nuggets will have to assert their running-style of play if they hope to win against their next two opponents. If they can't, the stars on the other teams (e.g., Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin) will find a way to push their teams to victory. "And that's why I think it's fair when people wonder whether the Nuggets can succeed in the playoffs," writes Vandeweghe. "It's the truth. NBA championships are won by teams with stars."

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