Q&A: Faried relishing his 'Manimal' revival with Rockets

Kenneth Faried knows how fleeting this all can be.

The fun. The fame. People filling the building wearing your jersey.

One day it’s the highest of highs. The next … it’s all gone.

Faried was a cult figure early in his NBA career in Denver. “The Manimal” was beloved by Nuggets fans at Pepsi Center as they donned his No. 35 jersey and wore dreadlock wigs in honor of the undersized, non-stop big man.

He was at the top of his game in the summer of 2014, a part of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team that won a gold at the FIBA World Cup. Faried could count Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins among his U.S. teammates.

In the 2014-15 season, Kenneth Faried was a rising star for the Nuggets.

After making the All-Tournament team, he signed a four-year, $50 million

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Recapping Week 23 in NBA: Big moment for Nowitzki

Take a look back at the week that was in the NBA with a collection of some of the best games, videos, photos, features and more from around the NBA world.

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Games of the Week James Harden dropped 61 points on the Spurs on Friday night.

Nuggets 114, Celtics 105 — For you Denver doubters out there, the ground on which you stand is evaporating quickly. The Nuggets scored another big, post-All-Star break win, this time taking down the Celtics on the road Monday night. The win was a two-fold moment for Denver, as it clinched a playoff spot for it (the Nuggets’ first since 2012-13) and, for the moment, moved them to No. 1 in the Western Conference.

Spurs 111, Warriors 105 — Death, taxes and winning seasons in San Antonio. These are all inevitable, it seems. The Spurs won their ninth straight game overall (and

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Pau Gasol on winning with Kobe Bryant and other NBA podcasts of the day

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LeBron says he 'never will cheat the game'

The Los Angeles Lakers won on Sunday night, beating the Sacramento Kings 111-106. While that result couldn’t change the Lakers’ postseason fate — they’re officially out of the 2019 mix — going through the motions was not an option for LeBron James.

The Lakers star netted a triple-double (29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) to power the victory and told Spectrum SportsNet after the win that doing anything less that that would be unacceptable. 

.@LakersReporter chats with @KingJames after racking up a triple-double in tonight’s win over Sacramento. pic.twitter.com/Jl1OPez3UF

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 25, 2019

“I would never cheat myself,” James said. “I know we’re out the playoff race, but if I’m on the court, I’m going to play how I play, and I play to win. So, I never will cheat the game. There’s such a thing called ‘game gods.’ And they’re watching no matter what you’re

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LeBron on triple-double: I won't 'cheat the game'

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LOS ANGELES — With the playoffs already out of the picture, LeBron James and the Lakers played for pride in Sunday’s 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings — and to appease the mythical basketball gods.

“I would never cheat myself,” James told Spectrum SportsNet in his on-court interview, after recording his eighth triple-double of the season (and 81st of his career) with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. “I know we’re out the playoff race, but if I’m on the court, I’m going to play how I play, and I play to win. So, I will never cheat the game.

“There’s such a thing called ‘game gods.’ And they’re watching no matter what you’re doing, and it’s our obligation to go out and be a professional, and that’s what I’m about.”

After the contest, James expounded on his approach for the 32-41 Lakers, who snapped

About Last Night: Hornets earn another miracle

Less than 24 hours after erasing an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Celtics, the Hornets needed another miracle, this time against the second-place Raptors.

Charlotte’s prayer was answered 48 feet from the basket, where Jeremy Lamb’s heave saved the game and his team’s season with all the magical arc of a rainbow to give the Hornets the 115-114 victory.

It’s been a twisted NBA road for Lamb, the once highly regarded lottery pick traded twice before his rookie contract expired. He’s still not the perfect solution for the extremely imperfect Hornets, who have relied on Kemba Walker’s greatness to just stay afloat in the Eastern Conference. Lamb is shooting just 34.1 percent from deep this season, down from the career-high 37 percent clip he produced in 2017-18.

That being said, Lamb has still been a net positive. The Hornets’ net rating is 3.3 points better with him on the

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Who had the best sneakers of Week 23 in the NBA?

Mar 24, 2019

Nick DePaulaESPN

In a homecoming he had long been looking forward to, Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas had a surprise in store for his first game back in TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. That message came via his sneakers, a special edition Nike Kobe AD, conveniently from three seasons ago.

“You know what’s crazy? Those green and gold sneakers were for the Finals the last year I was here,” Thomas revealed after the game. “I always kept those. I got a couple other pairs too, but those were made for the NBA Finals.”

While “IT” donned the Kobe AD in custom colors throughout the 2016-17 season in which he was named an All-Star for the second straight time, the green and metallic gold pair was crafted by Nike for deep in the postseason, when the league only allows gleaming gold