Michael Malone Rumors
But what made Murray’s night a special and perhaps a season-defining one, was that the rookie put up those numbers and was a team-high +13 plus-minus on the night while playing almost exclusively point guard. “I thought Jamal Murray did some really good things as a backup point guard,” Michael Malone said after the loss. “I think moving forward, he showed me tonight that maybe we should be giving him some more minutes at point guard. He did a really good job, he was aggressive, he cut. So I was proud of the way Jamal played tonight, his first extensive minutes as a point guard.”
Darrell Arthur returned to the Nuggets lineup Saturday night. But in order to keep the veteran forward in uniform on a nightly basis, Arthur’s minutes might have to be monitored the remainder of the season. “Yeah, probably through the rest of the year that’s what we’ll have to do,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Even with practices I’m going to have to limit him. The one thing I love about Darrell, he knows one speed and one way to play, and that’s hard.” Arthur missed three games with left knee soreness, a complication stemming from an offseason lateral release knee procedure.
The Nuggets waived guard Alonzo Gee on Friday, just a few days before the deadline for contracts to become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season. But it might not be the last time the Nuggets see him this season. His availability and the Nuggets’ need are both variables, but the team could bring him back on a 10-day contract. “We love Alonzo,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He was terrific. So that move by no means was an indication of how we feel about him. The front office made a move that going forward gives us flexibility.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone apologized on Thursday for comments he made about the lack of veteran leadership on his team after Tuesday night’s loss at home to Sacramento. “The only thing I’ll say regarding that – and I apologize to our veterans – anything that’s going on in our locker room should be left in the locker room,” he said prior to the Nuggets’ game against San Antonio Thursday night. “So I failed in that regard the other night. I let my frustrations after that loss get the best of me.”
The Denver Nuggets returned home looking to take sole possession of the 8th seed in the Western Conference from the Sacramento Kings. Instead, they came out settling for long jumpers and failed to play any defense. The Kings ended up leaving the Pepsi Center with a 120-113 while the Nuggets fall into uncertainty. “Zero,” Malone said on how much fatigue played into the loss to the Kings. “That is a B.S. excuse. Next question.”