Harrison Wind: Michael Malone ripped into his team during his postgame interview on @AltitudeTV for their lack of defense: “They kicked our ass, it’s becoming the same story every single night….my message is stop feeling sorry for yourself…”
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As the Nuggets get to work in preparation for the NBA season, Kenneth Faried stubbornly refuses to accept a reserve role and defiantly insists if Denver can’t give him the minutes on the court he deserves, there are 29 other teams in the league where he can go play.
“I’ll just put it out there for everybody. I’m not a bench player. I’ve been saying that for the longest. I’m a starter,” Faried said Monday, when I asked him about his status with the Nuggets. “I love to hear the crowd (when introduced as), ‘Starting at power forward, No. 35, Kenneth Faried.’ Yes, that’s me. One hundred percent, that’s been my whole life. And I’m going to fight for a starting position. I’m just not going to lay down and let somebody take it. ”
“There are 29 other teams,” said Faried, whose contract with the Nuggets runs through 2019. “If this team doesn’t want, or respect me enough, to play me the minutes that I think I deserve to play, then I understand that. Hey, there’s 29 others. Maybe I’ll go somewhere else and do what I need to do there. But at the same token, I’m here in Denver, and I want to play Manimal basketball, no matter what, every time I step on that court.”
Nate Timmons: There’s definitely something brewing (about to boil over?) between Coach Malone & the players. Team seems like a mess.
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December 12, 2017 | 11:00 pm EST Update
“Not really,” Curry said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s the same thing. I’m just trying to wait it out and see if it’s going to heal or not. I’ve just got to give it some time. It’s like a couple week by couple week situation. It’s a tricky situation.”
And if it doesn’t heal? “There’s a chance, yeah,” he said of the possibility of surgery at some point. “The path I’m on right now, the MRI shows it’s gotten a little better. But there’s a chance (he could need a procedure). It’s a tricky situation and hard for me to say. It’s very frustrating. Recovery-wise, I get out there and work out and feel OK, and it’ll bother me the next day.”
Serena Winters: Luke Walton after Lakers overtime loss: “It was a great experience for a lot of our young guys, even though you look in the locker room, they’re sick, it hurts, which is what it should be like.”
Serena Winters: Lonzo said he’s looking forward to playing LeBron James for the first time on Thursday: “In my opinion, he is the best player in the world. I feel like he plays the game the right way. He could easily go out & try to go for 50 every night, but he’s more focused on his team.”
Serena Winters: Lonzo Ball on Magic watching courtside: “I think everyone knows when Magic is in the building, just his presence alone. Hopefully we made him proud, we didn’t get the win for him, but we are taking the right steps forward.”