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The delicate balance of role-playing

Originally Published: May 19, 2009
By Tim Keown | Page 2

You don't have to like a label to embrace it. The Nuggets don't like to be labeled thugs, but that shouldn't change their modus operandi Tuesday night when they open the Western Conference finals against the Lakers. Since the Lakers are labeled soft -- they don't like that one either, obviously -- the Nuggets know they have to play hard and play with an edge.

Kenyon Martin is the hardest of the Nuggets' hard guys, and it's a role he clearly relishes. He's very good at what he does, ...

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