Faried became famous before he entered the biggest basketball league in the world. In 2011, he graduated from Morehead State university with the rank of the NCAA all-time leader in rebounds. That time, due to his desire to desperately fight on boards, he earned the nickname Manimal. Kenneth was picked by Denver in the first round of the NBA draft 22nd overall, he was selected to the First All-Rookie Team and spent seven years in the Nuggets. In 2018, he was traded to Brooklyn, and at the end of the season he joined Houston. In total, the basketball player played 478 matches in the NBA regular championships (11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 0.8 blocked shots) and 18 games in the playoffs (8.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.5 blocked shots).
Then Faried made a short visit to China, where he played for Zhejiang, he completely missed the last season, then played for Portland in the NBA Summer League past summer, and started this season in Puerto Rican side Leones de Ponce (12.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists in three games).
Kenneth played for the Team USA and became the World Champion. At the 2014 World Cup, he became one of the best scorers on his team (12.2 points) and the best rebounder for the Americans (7.7).
Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We have our ears and eyes open on the market, we had two spots on the roster available. Faried is well-known for his aggressivity on defensive end, on boards etc. He is going to bring his energy and enthusiasm. Though he has accomplished a lot in his life he still has the eagerness and competitiveness in his soul. We have talked also extensively last year, he was on our radar but it did not happen then. We welcome Kenneth in our club, he knows the obligations. We are looking forward to this cooperation.
Kenneth Faried, CSKA forward/center:
I am excited to be a part of the NBA team of EuroLeague and such a big organization such as CSKA Moscow. I am excited to be able to contribute with my presence to help achieve many mutual goals together and I am appreciative for the opportunity to play.