DENVER (AP) Coach K believed in him, enough to even ask him to take charge of the team. All Stars listened to him, too, especially at crunch time.
So, yeah, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is soaring with confidence heading into the season. He's ready to take his high-flying game to even new heights and become more of a leader after guiding Mike Krzyzewski's U.S. squad to a championship at the Basketball World Cup over the summer.
The gold medal around his neck, the one he proudly wore over his Nuggets jersey on media day, is simply more validation that he can perform at an All-Star level.