Nikola Jokic was named league MVP, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post, becoming the lowest draft pick to ever win the award and the first Nuggets player ever to do so. The former record-holders were Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steve Nash, both chosen No. 15 overall. The Nuggets selected Jokic with the No. 41 pick of the 2014 draft.
June 8, 2023 | 4:57 pm EDT Update
Tyler Herro remains out for Game 4
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Herro listed as out for Game 4. Erik Spoelstra said earlier today that Herro has still not been cleared to return.
Mike Miller has always been a strong Nikola Jokic advocate. but did he ever see this happening? Did he see this level of greatness coming? “I’m not going to sound like I’m crazy and say that I thought he’d be a two-time MVP and be on this stage like this. But I did. I really did,” Miller told DNVR after the Nuggets’ Game 3 win in Miami. “That’s just how good he was and how good he is.”
“He hasn’t changed much, to be honest,” Miller told DNVR about Jokic. “The game’s still slow for him. He still makes everyone around him better, and he goes and gets what he wants. He’s just an impossible guard. He’s a similar player to the guy he was back then. But now he’s just in better shape. He was always so skilled. Unbelievable size. Playmaking. Scorer. Touch has always been great. Just a great basketball player.”
Miller, whose second season in Denver in 2016-17 coincided with Jamal Murray’s rookie year, remembers his initial impression of the Blue Arrow too. “Jamal has taken huge strides,” Miller told DNVR. “He was always a guy that believed in himself. The moment was never too big, and he’s showing that here.”
June 8, 2023 | 3:59 pm EDT Update
Joe Prunty, Patrick Mutombo join Adrian Griffin's coaching staff in Milwaukee
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joe Prunty and Patrick Mutombo are joining the Milwaukee Bucks as assistant coaches, sources tell ESPN. Prunty had been a Bucks interim HC (2018) and Hawks interim last season. Mutombo worked most recently under Monty Williams with Suns.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mutombo also worked with new Bucks coach Adrian Griffin in Toronto. Prunty and Mutombo join a staff that will also include Terry Stotts.
Ryan Blackburn: Jamal Murray’s trying to show Aaron Gordon some dribbling moves. Looks like a reverse thru the legs with two basketballs at the same time. AG: “That’s tough!”