Rookie diary: Return to the lion's den

Nuggets rookie forward Gary Forbes made a name for himself in 2010-11 after arriving at training camp as a relative unknown. The former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year started 11 games for Denver and averaged 5.2 points despite playing just 12.6 minutes per game. Using as his forum, Forbes periodically shares his thoughts on life as an NBA rookie.

April 26, 2011

Whether it’s the regular season or playoffs, I’m a creature of habit.

On game days, I wake up around 8 and eat a breakfast of eggs, turkey bacon and waffles before heading to the gym for shootaround. I get my shots up and then go back home or to the hotel for a movie and a nap.

I stick so close to my routine that assistant coach Stacey Augmon calls me Forrest Gump.

My favorite habit is winning, and we finally got the playoff monkey off our back with a W Monday night in Game 4 against OKC.

I was impressed with the fans in Oklahoma City in the first two games of the series and I definitely wanted our crowd to match that intensity. You might have seen my on TV or at the game standing and waving my arms encouraging the fans to make some noise.

Not trying to start any trouble, but the Game 4 crowd still wasn’t as intense as the first two games in OKC, but it was damn good. I appreciate all the Nuggets fans cheering our team on. They were definitely a big help in getting the victory.

Everybody was doubting us after we were down 3-zip in the series. Even though it’s just one win, everybody in the locker felt a little bit of weight lift. We know we can beat them. Just got to go to OKC and play with even more intensity and do the same things that made us successful.

There’s not a lot to do in Oklahoma City, so I’m just going to sit in my room Tuesday night and imagine getting this next victory and coming back to Denver for Game 6.

In other words, I’m going to stick to my routine.