The Manimal, as Kenneth Faried has been known since his days in Denver, has had quite the journey. After eight productive seasons in the NBA and stints overseas including Russia, Puerto Rico, and China, Faried is back south of the border playing for the G League affiliate Mexico City Capitanes.
After joining the Capitanes to help fill the void left by Jahlil Okafor, who was injured in the NBA Winter Showcase, Faried has averaged a double-double in 11 games played. The former Nugget recently spoke with HoopsHype about his experiences outside of the US, his goal of returning to the NBA, and his leadership.
How’s everything going in Mexico City?
Kenneth Faried: It’s amazing. I love being out here, like the atmosphere, the people, the altitude. Starting off in Denver being able to come here now in Mexico City, which is even higher altitude than Denver and Utah… I couldn’t ask for anything better right now in helping me get in great shape. Coaches and everybody are letting me play and letting me be the player that I can be. It’s amazing to have that backing and that help.
How is it like playing with former NBA players on your team like Shabazz Napier, Mason Jones, and Gary Clark?
KF: It’s amazing playing with them guys. Like you said, they played the game before. Some of them I played with on teams like Shabazz in Brooklyn. Gary Clark, we were in Houston together. So for us to now be on a team, and all trying to have the same kind of goal to make it back to the NBA and try to find a way is great, because we’re not trying to be selfish to each other. We’re trying to help each other. And everyone’s here trying to help each other get better, trying to showcase that we’re still good enough in great shape and ready for whatever may happen, ready for a contract for real.
You’ve played with multiple G League teams now. What have you learned the most about playing in the G League compared to the NBA?
KF: I’m that much more hungry to go back to the NBA. Just being honest, that’s the most I’ve learned. I’ve known how to play this game for a long time. It’s teaching me how to be more…
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Publish date : 2023-01-24 15:57:34
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