Carmelo Anthony: Forbes Is An NBA Player - UMass Athletics

Carmelo Anthony: Forbes Is An NBA Player

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The Denver Post has a nice segment on UMass' Gary Forbes.

A good half-hour after practice, Al Harrington was entrenched in an intense one- on-one game with Gary Forbes, trash talk and all.

Forbes, who plays guard and forward, has assimilated himself quite nicely into the team this month, and Karl suggested Sunday that Forbes and post Melvin Ely, both free-agent invitees, will make the roster.

The front office will officially make a decision on the two players today.

Forbes had arguably his best preseason game in Denver's finale, scoring 25 points at Phoenix on Friday.

"He's an NBA player," Denver forward Carmelo Anthony said. "He's got an NBA body, a guy who's willing to learn. He's just a good addition to the team."

Karl said Forbes deserves to be on the roster, and that his intensity and scrappiness is somewhat reminiscent of former Denver defensive stalwart Dahntay Jones.

"I've always had work ethic, playing for Travis Ford at UMass," Forbes said. "It comes as second nature for me to try to always work harder than somebody else."

In the preseason, Forbes averaged 10.1 points in 19.1 minutes, and Ely, an NBA veteran, averaged 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20.1 minutes.

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