Erika Leigh of the Springfield Republican caught up Gary Forbes as he settled in to his new surroundings with the Springfield Armour of the NBA D League. Here's some of what the former UMass star had to say.
SPRINGFIELD - Returning to Western Massachusetts is a homecoming of sorts for former UMass basketball standout Gary Forbes.
The 28-year-old will be joining the Springfield Armor, the NBA development league (D-League) affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, for their fifth season.
Forbes was waived by the Nets after signing in September and joined the Armor as one of two affiliate players for d-League training camp.
"It almost feels like home, even though it's not," Forbes said at Armor Media Day on Wednesday. "I'm just happy to be a part of a team and excited to play basketball."
Forbes might be excited to return to a city just a short ride from his alma mater, but don't be deceived. Like every D-League player, the center is motivated to play in the NBA.
Greg Cameron of the Springfield Republican has a story on former UMass standout Gary Forbes who has been invited to the Springfield Armor's training camp later this month. Forbes had previously spent the NBA preseason with the Brooklyn Nets.
Unrestricted free agent Gary Forbes is expected to work out for the Knicks next week, after working out for the Lakers today, according to Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype. Both teams only have minimum-salary slots to offer free agents, so if either team were to bring Forbes aboard, it would have to be for the veteran's minimum or on a training-camp invite.
Forbes, 28, spent two seasons in the NBA, playing for the Nuggets in 2010-11 and the Raptors in 2011-12. In 111 career games, the 6-7 forward averaged 5.8 PPG and 2.0 RPG to go along with a decent 12.4 PER in 13.5 minutes per contest.
Forbes was sent to Houston by Toronto in the deal that netted the Raptors Kyle Lowry, and was released by the Rockets before spending the 2012-13 season playing international ball. He averaged 28.4 PPG and 7.8 RPG in 27 games for China's Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
With the NBA Draft tonight, we've compiled some clips and news articles from when recent UMass standouts realized their dreams when they heard their name called. But first here's a list of the UMass draft history...
1968: Billy Tindall (Atlanta Hawks, 10th round)
1969: Pete Gayeska (Atlanta Hawks, 9th round)
1972: Julius Erving (Milwaukee Bucks, 1st Round - 12th overall)
1973: Tom Austin (Boston Celtics, 19th round)
1974: Al Skinner (Boston Celtics, 9th round)
1975: John Murphy (Chicago Bulls, 8th round)
1975: Bill Endicott (Boston Celtics, 10th round)
1977: Jim Town (Denver Nuggets, 6th round)
1978: Derick Claiborne (Kansas City Kings, 5th round)
1978: Mark Haymore (Philadelphia 76ers, 5th round)
Former Minuteman Gary Forbes' dream of playing professional basketball has taken him all over the world. So it seems only natural that he shares his opinions on travel, international fans and the hotels he prefers to stay at while on the road.
Jae-Ha Kim grabbed a few minutes with Gary and talked to him about those topics, and more in a recent article for the Chicago Tribune.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle posted a nice piece in their Ultimate Rockets blog on former UMass hoops star Gary Forbes and how he handles the daily rigors of being a professional athlete who is living with diabetes.
Be sure to check out the Gary Forbes Foundation and see what the 2008 A-10 Player of the Year and current Houston Rocket is doing to help raise money for diabetes research and awareness.
Tracy Neithercott of Diabetes Forecast Magazine has an outstanding story on 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Gary Forbes and his life with diabetes.
Everything about Gary Forbes hints at vigor. The 6-foot, 7-inch basketball player is 220 pounds of pure muscle and goes head-to-head with some of the biggest, most athletic guys on the planet each week. He spends every day on the court, running drills and perfecting his shot so, come game day, he and his team can take on the toughest competition.
The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on Monday night with a 83-67 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center. Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the way again for the Minutemen, recording the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 assists, both tying career-highs. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) both reached double-figures for the second game in a row. Check out coverage of the game below.
Former UMass star and current Denver Nugget Gary Forbes had quite a night at the Hartford Pro-Am, pouring in 78 points with 13 3-pointers. Though high scoring totals aren't uncommon in summer pro-ams, Forbes' night was one for the ages as his Sparks Auto Body Naughty Boys defeated the Springfield Slamm 136-132.
Franklyn Calle of SLAM Online recently caught up with former UMass star and current Denver Nugget Gary Forbes for a feature and Q & A titled From D-League To The League. Calle focuses on the different obstacles Forbes has overcome on his journey to the NBA. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year talks about various topics in the Q & A portion, including his rookie season with the Nuggets, the lockout, his work with the American Diabetes Association, and his plans for the future. When asked what his next step is, Forbes says:
"I've taking a lot of time to focus on my body. I've been taking a lot of yoga classes and been doing stuff differently to try to get ahead of the curb and ahead of everybody. But I think my game is an all-around game. I want to obviously be the best player that I can be but I have a lot to prove and my aspirations are higher then people can imagine. I'm not going to stop until I reach there."
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that UMass basketball alum Tony Gaffney has signed a professional contract with Telecom Baskets in Bonn, Germany.
"After working out for several NBA teams prior to the lockout, former University of Massachusetts standout Tony Gaffney has signed a contract to play overseas next season, and former Minuteman teammate Gary Forbes could follow him."
"With the lockout not expected to end quickly, many NBA hopefuls are signing contracts to play elsewhere in order to ensure themselves a paycheck."
Gary Forbes was on hand this morning for the ringing of the NASDAQ MarketSite Bell. Forbes was joining Gina Murdoch who is the Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association for the Greater New York City Area. Her and Stephanie Grant, CEO of Runway for a Cause, were today's guest bell ringers.
Forbes posted a pick on his Twitter account today:
Gary Forbes stopped by campus last week and we found him cruising through the Boyden Gym halls catching up with members of the athletic department. Naturally, we had to do an interview with him to see how his pro career has been going.
Former UMass star and current Denver Nugget Gary Forbes was in action in New York City over the weekend, leading the X-Men to a 127-126 overtime victory over Bingo's All-Stars to win the Fireball Championship at Baruch College. Forbes poured in a game-high 45 points and was named MVP. The New York native, who recently resigned with the Nuggets, hit several key free throws down the stretch and made a sensational steal and reverse layup with 19.2 seconds to go to help seal the victory. The event kicked off a busy summer in NYC's many streetball leagues.
Also representing the Atlantic 10 was former Fordham star and Los Angeles Lakers guard Smush Parker, who hit the winning shot for Forbes' X-Men.
UMass alum Taurus Londono has an article on Yahoo Sports on fans' reaction to Gary Forbes receiving an extended contract offer from the Denver Nuggets.
"Recent news that the NBA's Denver Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Gary Forbes(notes) should come as little surprise to UMass alumni like me. The Nuggets were impressed enough with Forbes's time on the court as a rookie this past season that they've decided to make him a restricted free agent, meaning that the team could match any offer Forbes receives in free agency. As Forbes's NBA career continues on track, fans on the other side of the country who saw him play in maroon and white for the Minutemen have never stopped rooting for him."
On Monday, the Denver Nuggets made qualifying offers to restricted free agents Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler and Gary Forbes. That offer gives Denver the right to match any offer made to these players by other teams as reported in the Denver Post.
As a rookie, Forbes was a pleasant surprise, an undrafted head-turner in training camp who made the roster and averaged 5.2 points.
Of all the places he could be - Hawaii, the Bahamas, Miami, Mexico - Gary Forbes has chosen to frequent the one spot many players avoid like the plague this time of year.
He's a regular at the Nuggets practice facility these days, showing up so much in fact you'd think it was the middle of the season. But it isn't. Most NBA players have been idle for nearly two months now, as the regular season ended in mid-April. The Nuggets season concluded on April 27 after a first round playoff loss to Oklahoma City.
After that Forbes took two weeks off, just two, and then got back to work. Big time.
It was announced Sunday that Panama will be without Chris Warren in the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship. The short release also mentions that former UMass standout Gary Forbes, currently with the NBA's Denver Nuggets, may also miss the tournament.
Forbes played in 63 games this year with the Nuggets making 11 starts. He averaged 5.2 points and 12.6 minutes per game. Here is a profile video of Forbes from the Nuggets.
The Denver Nuggets website has a great feature story on rookie and UMass alum Gary Forbes. Read it here: Charging Forward.
Among the interesting comments from the piece are:
"I learned a lot," Forbes said. "It definitely helped me going on to the future. I got better. I think it's going to help me improve this summer and, hopefully, next year with the Nuggets."
After playing for modest salaries overseas and in the NBA Development, Forbes resisted any big-ticket purchases during his first season with the Nuggets. He still doesn't have his own car, but he planned to take a quick vacation on Maui.
"The first time I've spent money on myself," he said with a smile.
After a break from basketball, Forbes plans to return to the gym to prepare for an appearance at the FIBA Americas Championship with the Panamanian national team.
"I've got a lot to prove," he said. "That whole not-being-drafted-thing is still lingering. When the NBA season starts, I'm going to try to make my name be heard real loud."
In the regular-season finale with the Denver Nuggets, UMass' Gary Forbes started and played a career-high 42 minutes and scored 17 points -- his second most in a game this season. His Nuggets dropped a 107-103 decision to Utah, but have secured the No. 5 seed in the NBA playoffs.
Forbes finished his first NBA season averaging 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 62 games with 11 starts.
If NFL labor talk wasn't giving you your fill of legal fun, the NBA appears ready to follow suit as rumors of a basketball lockout continue to gather steam.
If the NY Daily News is right, the NBA Las Vegas summer league won't be happening this year. The league is usually a chance for rookies to prepare for their first season, while players who were undrafted, or played int eh D-League or overseas can use the league as a chance to get an invitation to somebody's camp. This helped earn Gary Forbes a job last year. Without a summer league there'll be fewer chances for someone to crack a roster.
If there is a work stoppage, even a short one, that postpones the start of the 2011-12 season. It's likely that NBA will have shorter training camps. Players with NBA experience will be safer invites to people camp. For someone like Gary Forbes, who'll be a free agent after the season, this is a good thing.
For someone like Tony Gaffney, who played this season in the D-League, or Anthony Gurley, who isn't expected to be drafted, there is less chance of becoming the next Gary Forbes.
We have an update on two of UMass' basketball pros. 2008 alum Gary Forbes continues to get a great chance to play major minutes with the Denver Nuggets. On Monday night, he scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in a start as part of the Nuggets 134-111 win after Golden State. The win secured Denver a 50-win season and the No. 5 seed in the postseason. Denver will play Oklahoma City in the playoffs.
Tony Gaffney, who finished his UMass career in 2009, picked up a playoff win last night in the D-League as his Utah Flash upset the No. 1 seeded Iowa Energy, 119-118 in Iowa. The decisive Game 3 is tonight. Gaffney started and had eight points and three blocks for the Flash.
Ty Lawson made his first 10 3-pointers Saturday night and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 130-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the win, UMass alum Gary Forbes started scored 10 points, had five rebounds and handed out four assists in 34 minutes. It was his ninth start of the season and ninth game in double-figures.
Two minutes one night, 22 minutes the next. Denver Nuggets rookie Gary Forbes has literally been battling for playing time all year long. Despite not logging the most consistent minutes, the UMass grad has made the most of what time Coach George Karl has given him. Averaging 4.9 points in 12 minutes per game, including eight outbursts of 10 or more points and a career-high 19-point outing against New York earlier this season, Forbes is ready. After a recent practice, we got the chance to hop on the phone with Forbes to talk about life in the Mile-High City after 'Melo, his journey to the NBA and more.
UMass alum Gary Forbes continues to see more action with the hot Denver Nuggets. The 2008 Minuteman product started in a 131-101 win over Detroit on Saturday. He played 21 minutes, tallied 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. For the year, Forbes is averaging 4.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 53 games this season as an NBA rookie.
UMass alum Gary Forbes had a good night with the Denver Nuggets scoring seven points, making 2-of-3 from the floor in 19 minutes. Check out this photo of Forbes defending Shane Battier of the Rockets in the 121-102 defeat for Denver.
On NBA.com, UMass' Gary Forbes is keeping a diary about his first season in the NBA. Check it out.
Forbes is making a name for himself after arriving at training camp as a relative unknown. The former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year started four times early in the season while filling in for injured big men Carmelo Anthony and Nene, and he entered the weekend averaging 5.4 points despite playing just 12.2 minutes per game. Using Nuggets.com as his forum, Forbes will periodically share his thoughts on life as an NBA rookie.
The Denver Post is reporting that UMass' Gary Forbes has received a guaranteed contract from the Denver Nuggets. Here's the story:
Not that it was any surprise, but Nuggets rookie Gary Forbes wasn't waived Wednesday. That means his contract will be guaranteed with Denver for the rest of the season.
"I'm blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity," Forbes said before the Nuggets played the Clippers at the Staples Center. "A lot of guys got waived today. It's a testament to hard work."
The hardworking, fun- loving Forbes has been a breath of fresh air for the Nuggets at shooting guard, averaging 5.9 points and 12.7 minutes entering Wednesday's game.
Coach George Karl has become increasingly confident in calling on Forbes in spot situations. In the Nuggets' game Monday against Houston, Forbes didn't play until the fourth quarter and instantly provided a spark, scoring seven points in five minutes.
In what will go down as one of the more creative rookie hazings in NBA history, Gary Forbes was made to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin. The video is entitled "The Rookie Sings to K-Mart". Martin turned 33 on December 30th and was serenaded by rookie forward Gary Forbes as teammates took video with their cell phones. Coach George Karl can be seen giggling in the background.
• Pueblo Chieftain: Paging 'Mr. Big Shot' has Forbes quoted, talking about the Nuggets: "We have been through so much this year and we're still in a good spot," Forbes said. "If we have everybody healthy, we will win even more games. It's just a matter of time for us to get this ball rolling and it will just be a snowball effect."
It was your typical post-practice media scrum. Guys and gals from print media, online, TV, radio. Oh, and Gary Forbes, the 6-foot-7 Nuggetsguard.
Forbes had wandered over from the Nuggets locker room, noticed the huddle around coach George Karl and figured he'd join in. So he pretended his water bottle was a microphone and stuck it in Karl's face.
Benjamin Hochman, one of our Nuggets writers, couldn't resist.
"What about Forbes?" he asked Karl. "What are you thoughts on Gary Forbes?"
Karl looked up, saw Forbes, and smiled. "He took two of the crappiest shots I've ever seen him take in the Philadelphia game," Karl said.
"Ever?" Forbes asked.
"Ever," Karl said. He sighed, and let out a wry smile. "I don't know. I thought about waiving him afterward."
"Those are some strong words. 'Ever'?" Forbes asked.
"Ever," Karl reiterated with a straight face.
"Coach, you've won a thousand games," Forbes said. "And I took the two crappiest shots ever?"
"Ever," Karl said, smiling, "and I think (the assistant coaches) would agree."
UMass products will be on the court together tonight in Denver as Gary Forbes' Nuggets host Marcus Camby and the Portland Trailblazers. Camby's status is unclear for this contest after he left Monday's victory in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The center had 12 rebounds with four points and three blocks versus Utah.
UMass' two products in the NBA both had a chance to showcase their skills to a national audience, playing in Christmas Day on ESPN. With the Portland Trailblazers, Marcus Camby returned to action after missing some games with an injury (shoulder). He started, scored seven points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 109-102 loss at the Golden State Warriors.
With the Denver Nuggets, Gary Forbes played 16 minutes off the bench and scored six points in a 114-106 loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Check out this photo from the Denver Post from Thursday's Denver Nuggets narrow 113-112 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs' Tim Duncan, who had 28 points, shoots over Gary Forbes on Thursday night. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post )
Former UMass star and Brooklyn native Gary Forbes had a feature story in the New York Daily News.
It wasn't a good omen for Gary Forbes, the Brooklyn product who played his first pro game at the Garden Sunday as a 25-year-old rookie.
Before the Knicks beat Forbes' Nuggets, 129-125, Spike Lee, the denizen of all things Brooklyn, admitted to the Daily News that he had never heard of Forbes, who starred at Banneker High in Fort Greene.
Maybe he should have known him since Forbes' team lost to Sebastian Telfair and Lincoln in the 2003 PSAL city championship game at the Garden. Lee famously chronicled Coney Island's Lincoln High in his film, "He Got Game."
While Telfair jumped from Lincoln to the NBA, Forbes took a meandering journey to the pros, through a pair of high schools, two colleges, Italy, Israel, the NBA Development league and finally to the Denver Nuggets this season.
The Berkshire Eagle has a feature story on UMass star Gary Forbes, who has been playing a vital role with the Denver Nuggets. He returns to his hometown on Saturday at play against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
"Every day, every game, every practice," Forbes said with a smile. "First one in, last one out. That's what Coach [Travis] Ford taught me.
His 1,128 points put him 28th all-time at UMass, not bad for a guy who played only two seasons. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the year for the 2007-08 season, and helped lead the Minutemen to a berth in the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden. He still talks to Ford, now at Oklahoma State, two or three times a month.
UMass alum Gary Forbes had one of his best games in the NBA as one its coaches won his 1000th career game. Forbes made 7-of-8 from the floor to tally 15 points and also grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes as the Nuggets gave George Karl his 1000th career win with a 123-116 victory at Toronto. Forbes had 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter alone.
Here are some stories on the game with mentions of Forbes:
In his return to the state of Massachusetts as a pro player Gary Forbes drew his third-career start for the Denver Nuggets, and tallied four points in a loss to the Celtics at the TD Garden. Here are various stories on the game.
UMass alum and 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Gary Forbes will be on ESPN tonight as the Denver Nuggets are playing at the Boston Celtics. ESPN requested extra information and photos on Forbes from his days at UMass to be featured on the broadcast. Be on the look out during the broadcast.
In his two-year journey to the NBA, former UMass swingman Gary Forbes soaked in the experience of being a basketball nomad. He traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America, playing with several teams, some stable, some near collapse. He returned to the United States to play in the NBA D-League, then headed back overseas for more résumé building.
His quest to reach the NBA was completed last month when he was a surprise addition to the Denver Nuggets, and the team's only rookie has seized the opportunity, averaging 6.2 points in 12.7 minutes per game.
Forbes will make his return to the Bay State Wednesday with the Nuggets, looking to show the region that UMass remains capable of producing NBA-caliber players.
In a match-up of former UMass stars, Marcus Camby and his Portland Trailblazers topped the Denver Nuggets and Gary Forbes 86-83 at the Rose Garden in a game televised nationally on TNT. More coverage with a photo of Forbes dunking on Denver Post.
Camby had 14 rebounds to go with five points and three blocks in 36 minutes. Forbes came off the bench for four points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.
Here are stories on the UMass basketball team as the Minutemen prepare to face Sacred Heart tonight at the Mullins Center. The Daily Collegian ran its 2010-11 season preview with tons of coverage on the Maroon & White.
UMass product Gary Forbes had his best NBA game to date, and against his hometown team no less. Forbes tallied career-highs of 19 points and 9 rebounds for his Denver Nuggets, who beat the New York Knicks, 120-118 last night. Here are several stories mentioning the Brooklyn native's big night.
"He's earning his way onto the court, like a man," Coach George Karl said of Forbes, who previously played in Italy and Israel. "I'm very happy for him. I am a little surprised by how effective he's becoming."
The Denver Post has a nice feature on UMass product and current Denver Nugget Gary Forbes. Writer Benjamin Hochman, who grew up in Amherst, takes a look at Forbes' "scenic route" to Denver and the NBA.
Gary Forbes scored a career-best 16 points for the Denver Nuggets in a loss to a Pacers on Tuesday night. The Denver Post has a sidebar on the UMass product.
Here's the story:
When things started getting bad for Denver on Tuesday night, a fan screamed toward the Nuggets' bench: "Better put Forbes back in!"
Gary Forbes, the free-agent invitee who was signed by the team, has been superb in spurts for the Nuggets, and in Tuesday's loss he scored 16 points in 21 minutes.
In the first half, he had 11 points in just nine minutes.
"We went small, and at that time we weren't getting anything done with our big guys offensively, so I kind of took a risk," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "For a while, it worked."
On the night, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward also had two rebounds and two assists, one of the few bright spots on an otherwise miserable night.
"I'm at a position where minutes are very scarce," Forbes said, "so I got to take full advantage of the minutes out there on the court. I was able to do that today. I'm just trying to gain the coach's trust to play more minutes."
Forbes previously scored 12 points in 24 minutes in a home game against Dallas last week.
Gary Forbes drew his first NBA start for the Denver Nuggets (in place of Nene) in a narrow 102-101 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Forbes finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action.
"He earned it in practice," coach George Karl said of Forbes' playing time.
UMass alum and 2008 star Gary Forbes made his NBA debut with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. He scored three points, grabbed three rebounds in just over five minutes of action. The Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 110-88 at Pepsi Center. Watch Forbes in action here.
Check out this interesting story from Russ Held in the Springfield Republican about the Pro-Am Springfield Slamm, a team which Gary Forbes played for this summer before heading to Denver Nuggets training camp.
The system is working.
And working well.
Springfield Slamm men's basketball coach Steve Sobel has had plenty of reasons to smile the last few weeks, most notable being the news Monday night that former player Gary Forbes had landed an NBA job.
Forbes survived the Denver Nuggets' final cuts and will be in uniform Wednesday night, when the team hosts Utah at 8:30 in its 2010-11 opener.
"We were absolutely ecstatic," Sobel said. "It has all gone beyond expectations. We knew all along that Gary had the physical talent and he has proven that he is willing and able to make any adjustment to help any team in the NBA."
Here are various stories on UMass alum Gary Forbes making the opening roster for the 2010-11 season with the Denver Nuggets.
"It's been a great experience. It still hasn't hit me yet," the former University of Massachusetts standout told the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Monday. "It feels good to cross that off my to-do list in life. Now it's on to some bigger and better goals."
In his blog on Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour caught up with former UMass head coach and current Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford to get his comments on Forbes making the Denver Nuggets roster.
Here's what Vautour's blog had...
When Gary Forbes was a player at UMass, he and then Minuteman coach Travis Ford were tight. They had similar competitive streaks and Forbes was a perfect player in Ford's system.
So I called Ford tonight to get a comment on Forbes' reaching the NBA. The former UMass coach was excited at the news.
I've talked to him quite often. We stayed in contact and talked a lot lately. It was great to get the phone call from him.
Ford said Forbes tried to play it nonchalant when he called
"He was like 'Hey coach, how're you doing?' and I was like "Did you make it?!"
"Here's a kid who just kept believing in himself more than anything. When he was playing over in Stillwater he'd come over and spend time with me in Stillwater. He kept saying 'Coach I'm going to make it.'"
"Last season he went for the money which I thought was a smart idea, but he kept saying he was going to make it. I think he finally got in the right system."
"He's done the hardest part. The hardest part is getting in. He's a guy that could stick around for a while. He's played well in the preseason and has been able to show what he's capable of doing. He's gotten a lot better since he's left UMass."
"It goes two ways. I'm still in touch with a couple players, who played for me in my first year at Oklahoma State. If you see a guy like that it makes you want to keep trying. But a very small percentage accomplish what Gary is able to accomplish. A very very small percentage. Guys who've been out of college for two years don't usually make it. Some of these guys I'm talking to probably aren't going to make it, but this gives them a little bit of hope to keep going. Players don't realize who hard it is to make the league."
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.
UMass alum Gary Forbes is close to earning a spot with the Denver Nuggets for the regular-season in the NBA. He had a preseason-best 25 points in the team's exhibition finale, a 144-106 win over Phoenix. Read more about the game in the following recaps: Colorado Springs Gazette, TSN.
Watch Forbes hit a 3-pointer in this video, 1:00 into the footage.
Last night in the NBA preseason, UMass products squared off in Portland as the Trailblazers and Marcus Camby beat the Denver Nuggets and Gary Forbes, 90-83. Camby started, played 34 minutes and had 17 rebounds along with eight points.
Forbes came off the bench to play 12 minutes and had six points and three rebounds. He looks closer to securing a roster spot for the regular-season.
In the Celtics' 97-84 win over the Knicks in Hartford on Saturday night, UMass alum Stephane Lasme played 19 minutes and scored seven points, making all three of his field goals while grabbing four rebounds.
Against the defending NBA Champion Lakers, the Denver Nuggets with Gary Forbes lost 102-95 on Saturday at Staples Center. Forbes was the first sub into the game for Denver and played 25 minutes. He tallied 10 points, had three rebounds and two assists.
Matt Vautour caught up with UMass alum Gary Forbes, who is pushing for a spot with the Denver Nuggets. Check out his story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Gary Forbes has been trying to tune out the praise, and there's been a lot of it to tune out.
The 25-year-old former University of Massachusetts swingman has gotten his share of it in preseason training camp as he's trying to make the Denver Nuggets.
"It's been pretty good. It won't mean anything until I make the regular season roster which is what I'm here trying to do," said Forbes Wednesday night shortly after the team landed in Los Angeles for Thursday night's game against the Clippers. "I'm doing some good things, but still nothing."
UMass' back-to-back Atlantic 10 Players of Year Gary Forbes and Stephane Lasme are making big pushes to make their respective NBA teams. Last night, but played big minutes as they came off the bench early.
With the Celtics, Lasme was the second sub off the bench and played 28 minutes. He had six points, making all three of his field goal attempts, while grabbing three rebounds. The Celtics lost 103-92 at Philadelphia.
WATCH these NBA.com highlights, which include Lasme (1:00 into the package).
Former UMass star Gary Forbes played 22 minutes in the Denver Nuggets' 109-99 win over the Portland Trailblazers and UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby. Forbes was the fifth man off the bench for the Nuggets as he pushes for a spot on the regular-season roster. He tallied three points, grabbed two rebounds and handed out two assists.
Camby was limited to just 2:21 of time, because of a groin injury, but is expected to be OK for the start of the year. Here is a recap from the Portland Tribune.
Check out Woody Paige's story from the Denver Post, which mentions Gary Forbes ...
Then there's Gary Forbes, the invitee who has impressed the rest. Keep playing as he did Tuesday -- 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists -- and he may not make the Forbes 500 but definitely will make the Nuggets' roster.
Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony goes to the basket past rookie Gary Forbes during the NBA team's intrasquad game Tuesday at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post )
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has various basketball notes including an update on Gary Forbes, who is impressing with the Denver Nuggets.
Former Minuteman Tony Gaffney, who announced on Facebook that he had been cut by the Celtics on Saturday, also used the popular social networking site to say that he'd signed a contract to play in Turkey: "Got a contract offer from Turkey that was impossible to turn down, shipping out tomorrow night! If anyone wants to reach me while I'm out there, ya best bet is through Facebook or Twitter. See y'all around Christmas. Take care."
In addition to 7-footer Andrew McCarthy, West Springfield native Jordan Couture will also walk-on to the UMass roster. Couture, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard starred at Cathedral and is coach Derek Kellogg's godson. Bud Gaffney, Tony's younger brother who was a walk-on last year, has not returned to the Minutemen, according to Kellogg.
In camp with the Denver Nuggets, UMass alum and 2008 A-10 Player of Year Gary Forbes is gaining recognition from the team's coach and top player.
Carmelo Anthony was asked which Nugget is surprising him in camp, and he named someone that many didn't even know was in camp.
His answer: "Gary Forbes."
The former UMass standout was signed as a free-agent invitee -- which, in basketball terms, is "a camp body." But the versatile 6-foot-7 Forbes has refused to be relegated to such a role. The guy is fighting for a roster spot.
"He's come in and played well," said coach George Karl, who believed that Forbes was a first-round talent who slipped because of his medical record, notably his diabetes.
Karl has not determined his rotation for the preseason games (the first one is Friday), but it's possible Forbes could get some playing time, because Karl said he's going to rest guard Chauncey Billups, who played a lot for Team USA this summer, in half of the games.
"Forbes is a wing guy who can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward," Karl said. "He's a scorer and also a pretty good defender. He's up and down the court a lot."
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Former UMass star and NBA hopeful Gary Forbes scored 47 points in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am on Sunday. Forbes' team Club Palace Slamm lost 115-107 to the Doc Hurley All-Stars. Read a full recap in The Day from Connecticut.
According to a story in the Springfield Republican former UMass star and 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Gary Forbes will be in fall training camp with the Toronto Raptors.
But prior to his NBA duties with the Raptors, he is going to play for the Springfield Slamm in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am in a playoff game on Friday night. Forbes is seeking a chance to play in the NBA after seeing action in the NBA summer league with the Houston Rockets and Los Angles Clippers.
Former UMass star Gary Forbes was back on campus today. He played pick up basketball with current members of the Minutemen at the Curry Hicks Cage late this afternoon. Forbes most recently played in the NBA Summer League with the Rockets and Clippers after his regular season in Israel.
We will have a video feature on Forbes in the next few days as he still keeps in close contact with his UMass teammates from the NIT Championship game run in 2008 including Dante Milligan, Chris Lowe, Etienne Brower. Forbes is working hard to get his chance at playing in the NBA. You can follow Forbes and his push for the NBA on twitter @GForbz3
Gary Forbes is mentioned on ESPN.com
as he played for the L.A. Clippers Summer League team after a stint
with the Rockets. He played on Saturday,
in a 77-62 loss to the Spurs. In 3:24, he didn't score. On Thursday
he had three points in 9:31 as the Clips beat
In the NBA Summer
League, UMass alum Gary
Forbes is on the roster for the Houston Rockets. He has played in
two games. In the Rockets' 87-78
win over the Dallas Mavericks, Forbes had two points and two
rebounds on Saturday. In a 100-82
win over Phoenix on Friday, he didn't score but had three boards.
Houston is back in action against Toronto on Tuesday.