Michael Singer: Two days later, Michael Malone was still stewing over the Washington loss and what’s transpired over the last six games (29th in defense). “Our defense sucks,” Malone said. “Take ownership in it.”
Nick Kosmider: Michael Malone was blunt this morning in Atlanta while delivering his assessment of where his team stands, with the second-worst defense in the NBA over the last six games, which have seen Denver go 3-3. He said the Nuggets are in a "funk" they have to dig out of. pic.twitter.com/DYbbAABfrX
Michael Singer: Malone on the #Nuggets defensive lapses: “Transition is the beginning (of the recent problems). .. It’s one-on-one containment, it’s low-man awareness, it’s multiple effort.” Said over last two games, Nuggets have been beaten on all the hustle stats.
With 17 regular-season games remaining in a tight playoff race that has the Nuggets on the outside, coach Michael Malone knows his team doesn’t have much time to figure it out. “When a player of Paul Millsap’s magnitude misses 44 games and comes back with 22 games to go, that is a huge challenge,” Malone said. “Especially when the team was playing so well.”
Though Millsap has flashed active moments while blocking shots, making steals and maintaining stout position defense, Malone cautioned that the Nuggets can’t rely on one player to transform their performance on that end of the floor. “(Millsap) needs the other four guys to buy in and give the same effort that he’s giving,” Malone said.
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…"
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.”
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Hoop Central: Paolo’s IG story. ‘Lol unfollowed me on the gram n everything it must be personal huh? That’s fine jus make sure y guard up next time n stop sending doubles family.
“You Tried To Flex That #1 Pick Shit On Me When I Been Rooting For You When You Was A Kid Asking To Rebound For Me @paolo5 Don’t Get On This Internet Saying Nothing… You Changed From The Humble Kid You Always Was And I Stand On Real Shit Boy And YOU KNOW!!!!!!!! You Made It And Changed And I Lost All Respect!!” “ Stay Humble. This Life You In Now Is REAL And Ain’t No Joke!!! I STILL WANNA SEE YOU WIN Cause That’s WHO I AM!!!”
ClutchPoints: “It’s a man’s league. He a little boy, he’s too soft.” Dejounte Murray calls Paolo a “little boy” and “soft” ￼ (via @HomeTeamHoops )
Playmaker: This year’s #1 pick, Paolo Banchero, got schooled by Dejounte Murray at #ZekeEnd @RockyPadila
Harrison Wind: Former Nugget Brandon Goodwin threw a punch at Bones Hyland at a Pro-Am today in Atlanta.
To recall back in 2019, Holmgren became the talk of social media after he crossed Curry and dunked the ball on him. The then-high school big man basically used Steph’s own move on him. Now, he just made it to the NBA, with the Oklahoma City Thunder using their second overall pick on him. Curry couldn’t be any prouder of what several of his camp’s alumni have accomplished, including Holmgren. While he will never forget how Chet embarrassed him, he said it’s “dope” that they are now going to face each other in the big boys’ league. “Chet hit me with my own move, little double behind the back … he finished it differently than I would though, I would have just pulled up from 3, he went to the basket and dunked on another dude. It’s pretty dope that he’s now in the league as the No. 2 pick,” Curry explained, per Bleacher Report.
Maxey thrived in the new role. He averaged 18.7 points and shot 48% from deep playing next to Harden. Now that the two have been able to work out in the summer, the young guard out of Kentucky is ready to build more with The Beard. “It’s gonna be great,” said Maxey at his 1% skills camp on Saturday. “Chemistry is everything. We only played like 20-something games together so for us to be able to have a whole training camp and an entire season together, it’s gonna be nothing but good things for us and a positive outcome.”