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Nuggets stunned by recent tragedy

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.”

Screaming Nuggets (Video)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — A simple air horn would suffice in most instances, or maybe someone banging on the locker room wall or something.

But the Denver Nuggets have taken things to another level in their locker room under George Karl. Nuggets assistant Chad Iske waits until there is 3:59 on the pregame clock before launching into a primal scream to alert everyone that game time is near.

It’s a tradition that started years ago, between Karl and staffers who have since departed, according to Aaron J. Lopez of What used to be a “mosh pit of masculinity” has evolved into Iske screaming and Karl giving him the business during and after the scream:

Over the years, many of the original cast members moved on. Scott Brooks, Bill Branch and Rex Kalamian went to Oklahoma City, while Chip Engelland left for San Antonio.

Down to just Iske and Karl, the body-slamming has been replaced by vocal expression.

When the pregame clock goes under 4 minutes, Nuggets equipment manager Sparky Gonzalez shouts “3:59, time to go to work!” and Iske follows with a guttural scream that typically lasts six to eight seconds.

“The screaming came as the numbers dwindled and it became a non-contact event,” Iske said. “I show my energy that way.”

In his typical sardonic fashion, Karl usually has a pointed critique of Iske’s performance.

“You can’t get more than seven seconds,” Karl told Iske during Denver’s recently completed nine-game homestand. “I might be able to do better than that.”

To which Iske simply replied: “Whatever.”

The physical contact may be a thing of the past, but the verbal sparring is alive and well.

Whatever works!