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“Andersen is in his seventh season in Denver, although his playing time dropped dramatically this season as young players gobbled up more minutes. "He's been dealt a bad hand by me," Karl said. "For a guy that's played great basketball for me and the Nuggets over the years, (he's) kind of been phased out because of the youth movement, and in the middle of the season is not always fair. I personally think Bird is a very good basketball player, can play for many NBA teams. He could play for us someday, if the situation would open itself up again." Karl said he had a chance to speak with Andersen after the morning practice. "He was emotional. I was in a state where I didn't think, I didn't want to spend a lot of time on that," Karl said. As for how the news might affect his team on the court, Karl wasn't quite sure. "I think enough guys individually have been told what's going on. I don't think we have the full information, the full story to analyze or scrutinize," Karl said. "Like I said before, I trust Bird. I think Bird will figure this out." Andersen has a history of helping out charities during his time in Denver and New Orleans, where he played from 2004-08. According to the Nuggets' media guide, Andersen raised money for Mount Saint Vincent, a home for troubled and abused children, and was honored at the home's 2009 Silver Bell Ball. He's also involved with Alliance for Choice in Education, which provides scholarships for low-income families to use in private schools. His middle name is Claus, and he dressed up as Santa to raise money for ACE in 2009, according to his media guide bio. He also helped with hunger initiatives while with the Hornets. With his colorful tattoos and high-flying, shot-blocking act, Andersen has long been a favorite with the fans in the Mile High City. Andersen began his career in Denver in 2001, before bolting to New Orleans three seasons later. He had a breakout season with the Hornets in 2004-05, only to have his career derailed by drugs. He was kicked out of the NBA on Jan. 27, 2006, for violating the league's drug policy. After a ban that lasted more than two years, Andersen returned to New Orleans late in 2008, playing in five games and blocking four shots. Andersen then rejoined Denver for the 2008-09 season, providing a spark off the bench and swatting 175 shots in the regular season. His play around the rim helped the Nuggets make a run to the Western Conference finals, where they fell to the Lakers in six games. Andersen parlayed that big season into a five-year deal he signed with Denver in July 2009.
For me right now, I think I'm at a stage now where I don't know enough information ... The only thing I will say is I trust Chris. In my years with him, he's been fantastic and I think he's really grown as a person. We're going to support him and stand by him.” -- Nuggets coach George Karl