What? How Could Dirk Nowitzki Not Know Who Gary Forbes Is?

Alright, maybe most people don't yet know who Gary Forbes is. If he keeps playing like he did last night he won't have many more NBA players questioning who the no-name new face on the Nuggets is.

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[Dirk] had no clue who the guy guarding him was at the start of his 924th game.

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"I actually did not... I had not (ever heard of Forbes),'' said the Dallas forward.

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The 13-year veteran wasn't alone. Mavericks center Tyson Chandler also had zero knowledge of the guy wearing No. 0 and starting at forward for the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

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"I didn't know who he was before the game and, for a while, when he kept hitting jump shots, I was trying to figure out who he was,'' Chandler said.

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Forbes, from UMASS and two years in Europe, got the surprise start after Nene was forced to sit with a groin strain. Forbes was told that he had to "be ready to guard Dirk" in only his third ever NBA game. He finished with 12 points and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes and could play a role Denver's plans going forward.Meanwhile, the Nuggets have discovered Forbes.

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At least Nowitzki now knows who he is.

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"He surprised me,'' Nowitzki said. "He's an energy player. He actually made shots there ... He played hard.''

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