The Denver Nuggets received some good news this past week as both Nate Robinson and Darrell Arthur plan to return for the 2014-15′ campaign. Robinson, who is undergoing rehab at the moment for a torn ACL he suffered back on Jan. 29th against the Charlotte Bobcats, said he’ll be ready for training camp in the fall. Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post caught up with the rehabbing point guard and this is what he had to say about his injury and what pushes him.
“Things happen,” Robinson said. “God always has a plan for everybody. So, it’s just another obstacle that I’ve got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me it’s going push me to continue to work hard. You can’t take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I’m a player that, I love this game. I’m going to come back strong and ready to play.”
Robinson was a free-agent pick-up this past offseason as he signed a two-year deal with the Nuggets including a player option. Nate, who averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 assists while shooting 42.8% percent from the field in his first year with Denver, will be earning $2.1 million next season. Nate selecting to come back next season was a big deal for the Nuggets who will need his scoring and leadership off the bench.
Darrell Arthur on the other hand intends to pick-up his $3.45 million dollar player option next year but has yet to meet with Denver Nuggets GM Tim Connelly. Arthur claims he loves Denver and wants to stay here, believing this team can be contenders when healthy. Heres more from Arthur via Christopher Dempsey.
“I’m just going to wait until the season is over with and talk to (Nuggets GM) Tim (Connelly) and see what’s up and go from there,” Arthur said. “But I’m looking forward to coming back here. I like it here. I feel like when we’re healthy we have a great team to build with, and I want to be a part of it.”
Arthur fits the mold of what Brian Shaw expects out of his offense and defense, a guy who can defend and utilize the pick-and-roll game well. Arthur would also explain how the season has gone for the team and his injury trouble.
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Arthur said of his season. “There’s been ups and there’s been downs. But I’ve been trying to stay positive. I know we’re not going to make the playoffs, but I’m definitely looking forward to the team getting better in these last few games.”
Hearing and knowing first hand that these two key bench players want to stay only makes it easier for the Nuggets heading into next season. They know what kind of team they can put on the court with a healthy Danilo Gallinari (ACL), JaVale McGee (left tibia), Ty Lawson (fractured rib), and even Wilson Chandler missing time. Plus, Denver will receive the New York Knicks first-round pick which can sweeten up the roster even more.