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How do you solve a problem like Faried-a?

So, apparently, basketball players don’t like it when you take away their starting spots. Who knew?

Last year, the Denver Nuggets won 57 games. Kenneth Faried was their starting power forward, averaging 11 points and 9 rebounds in 28 minutes per game. Unfortunately, since then, George Karl left and Brian Shaw took his place. And while Karl saw Faried’s energy and tenacity and found ways to use them, Shaw only seems to see what Faried isn’t: a traditional, back-to-the-basket big man. Therefore, Faried is out of the starting lineup and JJ Hickson is in.

Let’s see how Mr. Faried is feeling after a blowout loss to the Portland Trailblazers.

 

Oh. Well, uh, that’s not good. But that’s probably just a heat-of-the-moment thing, right?

Hoo boy.

So, I guess now is the time where we start playing around with ESPN.com’s trade machine, right? I mean, it sure seems like Faried isn’t interested in the status quo. But would Denver really trade him? Between his production and his price tag — less than $1.4 million this season, per Basketball-Reference — there seems to be a compelling case against such a thing.

I don’t know the answer. I personally doubt that even Denver’s GM knows the answer at this point. We’re only two games in, so there’s still time for Shaw to realize that Hickson — he of the 5 points on 2/13 shooting Friday night — isn’t as good as Faried is and change things accordingly. Or he could stick to his guns. Nobody knows. But here’s to hoping they figure something out, because I absolutely love watching Faried play basketball. And whether that’s in Denver or elsewhere, I would like it to happen sooner rather than later.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have Kenneth Faried highlight videos to watch.

Caleb Nordgren

Caleb is a proud Chicagoan still adjusting to life away from the big city. He's a journalism student at Michigan State, the Editor of Pippen Ain't Easy and can be found at any given time on Twitter, talking about basketball and generally being sarcastic.