Nuggets guard Randy Foye welcomes challenge in training camp

Denver sharpshooter set to compete for minutes with Arron Afflalo
by Aaron Lopez

After making a run at the franchise 3-point record last season, Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye is ready for an encore in 2014-15.

The arrival of fellow sharpshooter Arron Afflalo promises to add to the excitement.

Foye made 189 3-pointers while starting 78 games at shooting guard last season. Both marks were career-highs, but Afflalo’s return to Denver will create a competition for minutes when training camp opens next month.

“As an athlete and competitor, you’ve been competing and going against guys your whole life,” Foye said in a telephone phone interview. “It’s going to be fun. I take it as a challenge and I look forward to it.”

Foye, entering his ninth NBA season, said he and Afflalo have spoken on the phone a couple of times since Afflalo was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Orlando Magic. Both players are tireless workers who likely will be among the last players on the court after practice on most days.

“We’re excited to have him with the group,” Foye said.

“Everybody knows it’s about working hard, sacrificing and understanding what it takes to get to where we want to go. Everything’s all good. We just want to win.”

Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Foye figures to be a force from 3-point range. He has finished among the top 10 in 3-pointers made in each of the past three seasons.

In the midst of his offseason training, Foye made a trip to Kuala Lumpur to take part in the inaugural Jr. NBA Malaysia development program, which promotes basketball and the importance of nutrition and an active lifestyle among children.

Sixty-four boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, participated in skills clinics and learned the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and respect while competing to be one of 14 Jr. NBA Malaysia All-Stars.

“All the kids are energetic,” Foye said. “They like having fun. There are great sponsors doing great things for the kids. It’s a great atmosphere for basketball.”

Expect to hear Foye saying the same thing when training camp opens at Pepsi Center.