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Andersen, Miller first Nuggets to take part in workouts

Pepsi Center practice court opens to NBA players


A Colorado snowstorm wasn’t about to stop Denver Nuggets teammates Andre Miller and Chris Andersen from getting back in the gym.

After playing in a University of Denver recreation league for the past several weeks, Miller was the first player to report for voluntary workouts Thursday, with the Birdman not far behind.

Miller, acquired from Portland in a draft-night trade on June 23, found it refreshing to step foot on the pristine regulation-size hardwood at the Pepsi Center. He spent a couple hours shooting and running the court with a friend he met in the rec league.

“It’s a nice new court, some fresh wood and some nice rims,” Miller said. “I’ve been playing on some smaller courts. I wasn’t worried about the snow. I was looking forward to it. It feels good to come in here and get a workout in.”

Thursday marked the first day NBA players could use team facilities and work with their respective athletic trainers and strength-and-conditioning coaches. NBA coaches and their assistants are not allowed to be present during the workouts.

Though it wasn’t entirely business as usual, Andersen also enjoyed getting on the practice court for a workout at Pepsi Center.

“Physically, I feel great,” said Andersen, who was slowed by knee and back injuries last season. “It’s just a matter of getting back in basketball shape. I’ve been lifting weights and doing some conditioning.

“Being back at the facility is a great feeling. Get back to work. Also it gives people in this city their jobs back and more business as well. I’m just glad this city is alive again for NBA basketball.”

Though there is no official schedule, more Nuggets players are expected to arrive in Denver to go through voluntary workouts over the next few days.

“It’s going to be fun,” Andersen said. “I’m excited. It’ll be great to get the guys together and get some organized practices going.”