Denver Nuggets Rumors
In your role as the Lakers general manager, what was the toughest cut that you ever had to make? Probably the worst thing that I had to do, and I was almost forced to do it, was trading Nick Van Exel to Denver. He was one of my favorite players of all time, but he obviously wasn’t very happy with me because I would try, from a different position as a GM, to get him to understand that there are just certain things that you have to do in this league in order to survive. I told him that he had to be able to live with his coaches and live with his teammates, but there were just a whole bunch of things that happened that would not allow that to go forward. The thing that I liked about Nick was that he had an unbelievably difficult life growing up. He was so competitive, so it was a really sad day for me when I had to trade him.
There’s a first time for everything, but Nuggets guard Gary Harris wishes there wasn’t a first time for this — a concussion, which kept him out of Saturday night’s game at Dallas. “I’ve never had anything like this ever before,” Harris said.
He’s officially day to day, but he must pass tests and be cleared by a doctor before he can return to the court, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. The Nuggets’ starting shooting guard was injured taking a hit to the head/jaw area as he tried to get through a screen during the game against San Antonio on Friday night.
But there was work getting to this point of contentment. “After the game, just being very honest, very heartfelt when I apologized to them,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I have to be better for them. One thing I always do is before I assign or cast any blame, I look at myself first. And I think the players respect that. So, I apologized for the whole thing with Blake (Griffin). I apologized (to Emmanuel Mudiay) for jumping him in that manner in a public forum.”