LAS VEGAS – Word began to come in early Friday. Kenneth Faried, one of the best and most popular Nuggets, learned of the unfolding events via Twitter and went online to find more information.
“Is it true?” he remembers wondering. “Is it really happening?”
It was, and it did.
“A scary feeling,” assistant coach Chad Iske called it.
By Friday afternoon, as news of the shooting at the movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora was arriving in horrific detail, the Nuggets played here and thought about there. Most players wore black headbands to mourn the tragedy. A moment of silence was held before the summer league game against the Trail Blazers.
“We talked about it,” said Faried, the starting power forward last season as the Nuggets pushed the Lakers to seven games in the first round before losing. “It was tragic. It was just terrible for anybody. Even though we don’t live in Colorado, we represent the Denver Nuggets. We’re not from there, but guys still support it.”
Aurora is about 15 miles east of Denver. No players or staff members are believed to live in the suburb.
“We gave prayers and blessings out to the families,” Faried said after the 95-82 loss to the Trail Blazers at Cox Pavilion, “and we wished the best for everybody.”