Nuggets training camp 2012: 'Effort was great' in Denver's first practice

Troy Babbitt-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Denver Nuggets opened training camp on Tuesday, and head coach George Karl liked what he saw.

The Denver Nuggets officially got training camp underway on Tuesday, and head coach George Karl thought the team got off to a solid start, according to a report by Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.

After a scrimmage towards the end of the day's practice finished in a tie, some of the players lobbied to keep playing, according to the report. It was a fiery sign of a competitive team that Karl, after practice, said he appreciated.

Here's what Karl had to say, from Hochman's report:

"The effort was great, the energy was good, the intelligence was ordinary. We threw a lot at them - it was a long practice."

Karl also went on to say that "the mental part of the game was sloppy," and noted in the report that the Nuggets' youth will be a major factor in the team's success this season.

Center JaVale McGee left practice after getting sick, according to the article, while forward Wilson Chandler and guard Julyan Stone practiced sparingly as they both recover from hip injuries.

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