After exploding onto the Denver scene as a rookie in 2011, Kenneth Faried became a cult hero. His high-flying energetic play and immediately recognizable braids made Faried into “The Manimal”, and the future looked bright for the fun-loving forward.
But after receiving an enormous contract extension in 2014, Faried steadily became less effective and seemingly less willing to come off the bench as younger stars like Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray supplanted him.
In the final year of his contract, the 28-year-old Faried was traded as part of a salary-dump package to the Nets on Thursday, and as he prepares to restart his career, “The Manimal” penned a thank-you note on Instagram to Denver on Friday.
Dear #NuggetsNation, Didn’t think I would be here as a rookie, but, my 7 years as a Denver Nugget has come to an end. I truly appreciate everyone who has crossed my path at the Nuggets organization. From 2011 when I was drafted as the 22nd pick in Newark, NJ till now. I want to thank the owners the GMs and my teammates who believed in from day one starting as a rookie, I have learned a lot throughout this journey and have become a better player and person because of all the trials I endured. So I thank you again Denver for everything you have taught me! Brooklyn I hope y’all are ready for my arrival. #Bismillah #Shukran #UNLEASHTHEMANIMAL #BrooklynWeGoHard #BrooklynStandUp #ImComingHome