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Looking Back: Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen Through The Years

Portrait of Chris Andersen
Portrait of Chris Andersen
30 Nov 2001: Portrait of forward Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets, first player called up from Fayetteville of the NBDL. Copyright 2001 NBAE Mandatory Credit: William Sallaz /NBAE/Getty Images
Portrait of Chris Andersen
Portrait of Chris Andersen
30 Nov 2001: Portrait of forward Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets, first player called up from Fayetteville of the NBDL, in his Fayetteville jersey. Copyright 2001 NBAE Mandatory Credit: William Sallaz /NBAE/Getty Images
Andersen
Andersen
16 Jan 2002: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets warms up before taking on the Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. DIGITAL IMAGE. Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory Credit: William R. Sallaz/NBAE/Getty Images
Chris Andersen portrait
Chris Andersen portrait
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 30: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Nuggets Media Day on September 30, 2002 at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
Steve Hess
Steve Hess
18 Jan 2002: Steve Hess the strength and conditioning coach of the Denver Nuggets stretches Chris Andersen #15 before the game against the Seattle SuperSonics at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory Credit: William R. Sallaz/NBAE/Getty Images
Andersen walks upcourt
Andersen walks upcourt
DALLAS - OCTOBER 10: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets walks upcourt during the preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks on October 10, 2002 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James /NBAE/Getty Images)
Andersen dunks over Jamison
Andersen dunks over Jamison
DENVER - OCTOBER 24: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets dunks over Antawn Jamison #33 of the Golden State Warriors during the NBA preseason game at World Arena on October 24, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. The Warriors won 108-80. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood /NBAE/Getty Images)
Chris Andersen goes up for the dunk
Chris Andersen goes up for the dunk
PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 23: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets goes up for the dunk during the game against the Phoenix Suns at America West Arena on November 23, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nuggets defeated the Suns 80-79. (Photo by: Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)
Andersen pregame
Andersen pregame
MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 13: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on January 13, 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves won 89-75. (Photo by: David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images)
Chris Andersen plays around
Chris Andersen plays around
DENVER - MARCH 26: Chris Andersen #15 of the Denver Nuggets plays around in practice before the NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Pepsi Center on March 26, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 108-103. (Photo by Michael Martin/NBAE/Getty Images)
Andersen Nuggets Media Day
Andersen Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - OCTOBER 2: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day at the Pepsi Center on October 2, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nuggets v Lakers
Nuggets v Lakers
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 19 : Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets attempts to rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers during the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 101-99. (Photo by Andrew D.Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Lakers v Nuggets
Lakers v Nuggets
DENVER - JANUARY 7: Chris Anderson #12 of the Denver Nuggets shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half January 7, 2004 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 113-91. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Jazz v Nuggets
Jazz v Nuggets
DENVER - JANUARY 9: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets on the court during the game against the Utah Jazz on January 9, 2004 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 106-96. (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
2004 NBA All-Star Portraits
2004 NBA All-Star Portraits
LOS ANGELES - FEBRAURY 14: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait prior to the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition part of the 53rd NBA All-Star Weekend February 14, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Anderson #12 of the Denver Nuggets smiles during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition, part of the 53rd NBA All-Star weekend at Staples Center on February 14, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
2004 NBA All-Star Portraits
2004 NBA All-Star Portraits
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait before competing in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk event on February 14, 2004, during All-Star Weekend at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets dunks during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest on February 14, 2004, part of the 2004 All-Star Weekend at Staples Center on February 14, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets dunks during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest on February 14, 2004, part of the 2004 All-Star Weekend at Staples Center on February 14, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nuggets v Magic
Nuggets v Magic
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets during the game against the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre on February 20, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. The Magic won 102-98. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Timberwolves v Nuggets
Timberwolves v Nuggets
DENVER - MARCH 24: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets grabs a rebound during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center on March 24, 2004 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 101-92. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
2004 All-Star Media Availability Portraits
2004 All-Star Media Availability Portraits
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 13: Chris Anderson of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the 2004 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 13, 2004 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
2004 All-Star Media Availability Portraits
2004 All-Star Media Availability Portraits
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 13: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the 2004 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 13, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Atiba Jefferson/NBAE via Getty Images)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets v Denver Nuggets
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - NOVEMBER 30: Chris Andersen #12 of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets works to put the ball in the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half on November 30, 2005 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Hornets defeated the Nuggets 102-95. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets v Denver Nuggets
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - NOVEMBER 30: Chris Andersen #12 of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets enters the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 30, 2005 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Hornets defeated the Nuggets 102-95. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 29: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day at the Pepsi Center on September 29, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 24: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - NOVEMBER 30: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets enters the court prior to the game against the Houston Rockets at Pepsi Center on November 30, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 104-94. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 6: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a call against the Sacramento Kings on December 6, 2008 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz  v Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - JANUARY 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a call during the game against the Utah Jazz on January 25, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - JANUARY 19: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets goes up for the ball during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 19, 2009 in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 115-113. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - JANUARY 15: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center on January 15, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 119-113. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v New Jersey Nets
Denver Nuggets v New Jersey Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 7: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets stands during foul shot against the New Jersey Nets on February 7, 2009 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets
NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 28: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets smiles as he stretches before the game against the New Orleans Hornets on January 28, 2009 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets won 94-81. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - MARCH 5: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a call during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center March 5, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers  v Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - APRIL 4: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets smiles after a play against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 4, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Practice
Denver Nuggets Practice
DENVER - APRIL 18: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets works out during practice prior to Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the New Orleans Hornets on April 18, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2
New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2
DENVER - APRIL 22: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets had his headband pulled down during action against the New Orleans Hornets during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 9: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 116-102. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets, Game 3
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets, Game 3
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gestures to a fan while the Nuggets play against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 25, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Fans hold up a sign in support of 'The Birdman', Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets as they face the New Orleans Hornets defends in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2009. The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 113-84.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 1 Fans hold up a sign in support of 'The Birdman', Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets as they face the New Orleans Hornets defends in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2009. The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 113-84. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets, Game 4
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets, Game 4
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets arrives at the New Orleans Arena before Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the New Orleans Hornets during the 2009 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks, Game 4
Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks, Game 4
DALLAS - MAY 11: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets watches game film prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on May 11, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks, Game 4
Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks, Game 4
DALLAS - MAY 11: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets stretches prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on May 11, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 5
Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 5
DENVER - MAY 13: Rocky the mascot of the Denver Nuggets sports a wig emulating Chris Andersen's coife as the Nugget face the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 13, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 124-110 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: A detailed picture of Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3
DENVER - MAY 23: Assistant athletic trainer Matt Friia works on Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on May 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3
DENVER - MAY 23: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on May 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3
DENVER - MAY 23: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on before taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4
DENVER - MAY 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets cracks a smile against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on May 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4
DENVER - MAY 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets has his eyes covered by his headband during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at Pepsi Center on May 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets points in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 6
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 6
DENVER - MAY 29: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks over at Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4
DENVER - MAY 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 6
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 6
DENVER - MAY 29: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Chris Andersen of Denver Nuggets possess
Chris Andersen of Denver Nuggets possess
Chris Andersen of Denver Nuggets possesses the ball in an NBA friendly in Taipei on October 8, 2009, in the first-ever National Basketball Association game played in Taiwan. The Pacers beat the Nuggets 126-104. (Photo credit PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers
Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 18: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers at The Rose Garden on October 18, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 98-96. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - OCTOBER 28: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets warms up prior to facing the Utah Jazz during NBA action at Pepsi Center on October 28, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Jazz 114-105. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Chicago Bulls
Denver Nuggets v Chicago Bulls
CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 10: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on from the bench during the game against the Chicago Bulls on November 10, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Nuggets won 90-89. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chicago Bulls v Denver Nuggets
Chicago Bulls v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - NOVEMBER 21: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Chicago Bulls on November 21, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets travel to San Antonio
Denver Nuggets travel to San Antonio
DENVER - DECEMBER 4: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets walks to the airplane for the flight to San Antonio on December 4, 2009 at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets travel to San Antonio
Denver Nuggets travel to San Antonio
DENVER - DECEMBER 4: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets plays his PS3 on the flight to San Antonio on December 4, 2009 at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Philadelphia 76ers
Denver Nuggets v Philadelphia 76ers
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 7: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on December 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
DENVER - DECEMBER 13: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets dresses as Santa Claus, signs autographs and poses for photos to benefit the Alliance for Choice in Education during the Denver Nuggets "Season of giving" event on December 13, 2009 at the JW Marriott in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
DENVER - DECEMBER 13: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets dresses as Santa Claus and signs autographs to benefit the Alliance for Choice in Education during the Denver Nuggets "Season of giving" event on December 13, 2009 at the JW Marriott in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
DENVER - DECEMBER 13: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets dresses as Santa Claus and signs autographs to benefit the Alliance for Choice in Education during the Denver Nuggets "Season of giving" event on December 13, 2009 at the JW Marriott in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
DENVER - DECEMBER 13: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photo as Santa Claus to benefit the Alliance for Choice in Education during the Denver Nuggets "Season of giving" event on December 13, 2009 at the JW Marriott in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
Denver Nuggets "Season of Giving"
DENVER - DECEMBER 13: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets dresses as Santa Claus and signs autographs to benefit the Alliance for Choice in Education during the Denver Nuggets "Season of giving" event on December 13, 2009 at the JW Marriott in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Participate In NBA "Season of Giving"
Denver Nuggets Participate In NBA "Season of Giving"
DENVER - DECEMBER 15: Chris Andersen (C) of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photo with active duty members of the armed forces as part of the NBA "Season of Giving" on December 15, 2009 at Snooze restaurant in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - DECEMBER 16: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gets ready prior to the game against the Houston Rockets on December 16, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - DECEMBER 16: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets goes to the basket against the Houston Rockets on December 16, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats
Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 08: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets takes a break from the action during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats on December 8, 2009 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Bobcats won 107-95. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gets ready to take on the Sacramento Kings on December 28, 2009 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Steve Yeater/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 2: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gets ready for the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on January 2, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - DECEMBER 12: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts during the game against the Phoenix Suns on December 12, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 105-99. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 9: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gets ready to take on the Sacramento Kings on January 9, 2010 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets
Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - JANUARY 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball against the Orlando Magic during NBA action at Pepsi Center on January 13, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 115-97. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets
Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - JANUARY 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Orlando Magic during NBA action at Pepsi Center on January 13, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 115-97. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20: Chris Anderson #11, a.k.a. the birdman, of the Denver Nuggets rises for the rebound against the Golden State Warriors on January 20, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets awaits the decision for a ref's call against in a game against the Golden State Warriors on January 20, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20: The Birdman Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets dunks in overtime against Corey Maggette #50 of the Golden State Warriors on January 20, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20: The Birdman Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets throws in the dunk in overtime against the Golden State Warriors on January 20, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks up during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 28, 2009 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 106-101. (Photo by Steve Yeater/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - JANUARY 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the of the Denver Nuggets rebounds the ball against the Houston Rockets on January 27, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors
Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on as leans against the post during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. The Nuggets won 123-118. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs
Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 31: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets waits for a foul shot during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on January 31, 2010 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings v Denver Nuggets
Sacramento Kings v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - FEBRUARY 01: Ahmad Rashad pays tribute to Chris Andersen #11of the Denver Nuggets prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 1, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 09: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets takes a break from the action during the game against the Sacramento Kings on January 9, 2010 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 102-100. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 5: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets raises his arms during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets
San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - FEBRUARY 11: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gets treatment from Head athletic trainer Jim Gillen prior to the game against the San Antonio Spurs on February 11, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 25: The Birdman Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets rises for the dunk against the Golden State Warriors on February 25, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 25: The Birdman Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets rises for the dunk against the Golden State Warriors on February 25, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - MARCH 7: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a play against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 7, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors
Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 25: A detailed view of the tattoo art work on the right leg of Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on February 25, 2010 in Oakland, California. The Nuggets won 127-112. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets
San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - FEBRUARY 11: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on with a smile during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Pepsi Center on February 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Spurs won 111-92. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets
Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Hornets
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 12: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a basket interference call during a game against the New Orleans Hornets on March 12, 2010 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets v Cleveland Cavaliers
CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 18: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 18, 2010 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Nuggets won in overtime 118-116. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 5: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets boxes out Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game on February 5, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Nuggets won 126-113. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 5: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets smiles on the court before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 5, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Nuggets won 126-113. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets v Orlando Magic
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 28: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets battles with Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic for a loose ball during the game on March 28, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Team Fit Event
Denver Nuggets Team Fit Event
DENVER - MARCH 31: Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets instructs children from the Boettcher Boys and Girls Club during a Denver Nuggets Team Fit event on March 31, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - APRIL 1: Jerryd Bayless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers goes to the basket against Chris Anderson #11 and Johan Pertro #27 of the Denver Nuggets on April 1, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - APRIL 3: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets sidelined with a sprained ankle against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 3, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX - APRIL 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks up to the video board during introductions to the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX - APRIL 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets shoots a free throw shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX - APRIL 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets holds his heart for the National Anthem before the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX - APRIL 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets holds his heart for the National Anthem before the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX - APRIL 13: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets warms up before the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 3
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 3
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 23: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets arrives to the arena prior to playing the Utah Jazz in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2010 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz Game #4
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz Game #4
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets gets ready for the game against the Utah Jazz in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2010 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 1
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 1
DENVER - APRIL 17: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 126-113. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 1
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 1
DENVER - APRIL 17: Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz goes up for a shot over Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 126-113. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 5
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 5
DENVER - APRIL 28: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets goes to the basket against the Utah Jazz in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 3
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 3
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 23: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets warms up before playing the Utah Jazz in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2010 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz won 105-93. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 3
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 3
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 23: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz grabs the rebound against Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2010 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz won 105-93. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 4
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 4
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets warms up before playing the Utah Jazz in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2010 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz won 117-106. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 30: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz talks with Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets after defeating the Nuggets 112-104 in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2010 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts after a call during their game against the Utah Jazz during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz Game 6
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz Game 6
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets dunks against the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2010 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz Game 6
Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz Game 6
SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets fights for a rebound against Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2010 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 5
Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets, Game 5
DENVER - APRIL 28: Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz shoots a layup against Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 116-102. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 25: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets on the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on November 25, 2009 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - MARCH 15: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets on March 15, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Media Day
Denver Nuggets Media Day
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photogragh during media day on September 27, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - OCTOBER 8: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 8, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 16: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on from the bench against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - OCTOBER 8: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 8, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - OCTOBER 8: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 8, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - OCTOBER 8: Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 8, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Anderson (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Chris Anderson (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Team Fit Clinic
Denver Nuggets Team Fit Clinic
DENVER - NOVEMBER 2: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets poses for a photo with students during a Denver Nuggets Team Fit Clinic on November 2, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets Team Fit Clinic
Denver Nuggets Team Fit Clinic
DENVER - NOVEMBER 2: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets works with students during a Denver Nuggets Team Fit Clinic on November 2, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX - OCTOBER 22: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets watches from the bench during the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets
Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets
DENVER - NOVEMBER 3: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during a game aginst the Dallas Mavericks on November 3, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks
DALLAS - NOVEMBER 6: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets shoots during warmups before the game against the Dallas Mavericks on November 6, 2010 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Nuggets won 103-92. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during the game against the Chicago Bulls on November 26, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during the game against the Chicago Bulls on November 26, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets goes to the basket against Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls on November 26, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets is shown during NBA action against the Golden State Warriors on November 22, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets is shown during NBA action against the Golden State Warriors on November 22, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets is shown during NBA action against the Golden State Warriors on November 22, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a call against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 1, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a call against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 3, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 1, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen #11 talks with head coach George Karl of the Denver Nuggets against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 1, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Nuggets lays the ball up against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on November 22, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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