Nuggets showing strong work ethic before dog days of summer

Nine roster players at Pepsi Center this week as Denver works to improve

Looking around the Nuggets’ locker room, it was difficult to tell whether it was June or September.

Nine of the 15 players on Denver’s current roster were at Pepsi Center this week lifting weights, shooting jumpers, working on post moves and/or getting treatment in the athletic training room.

Pretty impressive considering that Nuggets coach Brian Shaw only had nine healthy players to choose from at times last season. Many teams don’t have that many players together in the gym until the final weeks leading up to training camp.

“To be here and see these guys, it motivates you,” said Nate Robinson, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Robinson was joined this week by fellow guards Evan Fournier and Ty Lawson, center JaVale McGee and forwards Darrell Arthur, Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson, Quincy Miller and Anthony Randolph.

Guard Randy Foye also has been a regular participant in Pepsi Center workouts over the past several weeks.