Nuggets players wear black headbands at Summer League as nod to Aurora tragedy

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Calling what happened in Aurora, Colorado, a tragedy in some ways dignifies it too much. What happened was murder. It was evil.

The Nuggets are part of the Denver community sickened by the shootings at a movie theater 15 minutes outside the city that left a dozen dead and more than 70 injured. Even their Summer League team continuing to play in Las Vegas. It’s a team made up mostly of guys who will not be on the Denver roster come this fall, but they felt they needed to something.

So the team decided to wear black headbands for their Friday game, Kenneth Faried told NBA.com.

“We talked about it,” said Faried, the starting power forward last season as the Nuggets pushed the Lakers to seven games in the first round before losing. “It was tragic. It was just terrible for anybody. Even though we don’t live in Colorado, we represent the Denver Nuggets. We’re not from there, but guys still support it….

“We gave prayers and blessings out to the families,” Faried said after the 95-82 loss to the Trail Blazers at Cox Pavilion, “and we wished the best for everybody.”

That’s all any of us can do right now.