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News » NUGGETS Roby gets second shot Former CU star hopes to make noise with Thunder

NUGGETS Roby gets second shot Former CU star hopes to make noise with Thunder

NUGGETS Roby gets second shot Former CU star hopes to make noise with Thunder
LAS VEGAS - Richard Roby is well-acquainted with the phrase "keep the faith." It is all he's done since leaving Colorado for the NBA last year.

Roby is back for a second shot at making the NBA. He's playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder summer-league team in Las Vegas.

"It's just an opportunity to get better. It's also good for your r?sum?. That's how I look at it," Roby said. "You've just got to keep fighting. It's tough to get in there. A lot of guys are fighting for a few spots. But I gotta have faith, and things will go my way. They haven't gone my way, but I know they will eventually."

It's his best chance at showing what he can do simply because he's healthy. A broken hand sidelined him last year before the draft, causing CU's all-time leading scorer to miss predraft workouts, which probably led to him not being drafted.

And he knows the NBA will be out of reach this season as well. He's already planning on going back overseas. He played in Israel last year.

"I got some teams interested in me overseas," Roby said. "Got a couple of deals on the table that I can choose from. I'll probably sign sooner than later, because those jobs fill up fast. The end of this month, probably."

During his current stint with the Thunder, a team that showed some interest in him last year before the draft, Roby has found the minutes tough to come by. He played just five minutes in the first three games, then played nearly seven minutes Friday night against the Bulls.

Still, Roby said, "They always liked me. It was probably the best fit for the summertime, so we went with it. Right now I haven't gotten the minutes, but I just want to be patient and just wait for them to call my name."

So what's he need to work on to catch scouts' eyes? Not what you think.

"It's always things that don't really have to do with the game of Basketball, my demeanor, things like that," Roby said. "They said it looks like I don't like playing Basketball, things like that. I don't smile or get excited too much on the court. They don't like that."

Grgurich popular again. Nuggets assistant coach Tim Grgurich is being courted by other organizations this week in Las Vegas, according to multiple NBA sources.

The longtime coach has been with the Nuggets for four seasons, and will likely stay with the Nuggets , but the team isn't taking anything for granted. Overtures to Grgurich almost always happen about this time of year.

Grgurich has signed year-to-year contracts in recent years, mainly to be able to leave quietly should he decide to retire. But the contract also allows teams to try and steal him away without him breaking a pact.

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