Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried a Role Model On and Off the Court

By Joseph Newsome
Isaiah J. Downing-US Presswire

The Denver Nuggets have a team full of quickness and athletic ability, a prime example being forward Kenneth Faried. The Manimal led his team in rebounds for the 2012-13 NBA regular season, and his intensity helped spark the Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 wins. Denver was the best team when playing at home, and they will look to continue the dominance in the Mile High City next season.

Faried is a great basketball player and without him, the Nuggets would not only be a completely different team, they would be a completely different franchise.

Faried works hard both on and off the court. He loves the game of basketball and his die-hard attitude is evident of that. He participated in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star Weekend, and won the MVP award for the Rising Stars Challenge game. He was the only Nugget to participate in All-Star weekend and he worked hard to represent his home team.

His passion is clearly evident when playing the game, but it doesn’t end there.

The Professional Basketball Writers Association presented him with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his dedication to his community. It’s great to see a professional athlete using their influence to provide for those that are less fortunate. Professional athletes go through struggles just like everybody else, and it’s refreshing to see a role model like Faried use his past experiences for the benefit of the future.

Faried simply does what he can to help and doesn’t expect anything in return. His passion and intensity should be an example to us all on how to live a happy and fulfilling life.

He is also outspoken when discussing LGBT issues. He was brought up in a household with two mothers, and was one of the first people to praise Jason Collins for being the first NBA player to proudly come out as a gay man. Faried believes in equality for everyone, and he is not ashamed nor embarrassed to support people for who they are.

The Nuggers star has fought hard to be where he is, and he understands the fight is different for us all. He has remained true to himself and true to his family, and the Denver community is extremely fortunate to have such an inspiration in its midst.


Joe Newsome is a Denver Nuggets contributing writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @josocah, check out his Facebook page and add him to your network on Google.

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