“I’m still counting my blessings and happy to be here,” he said. Specifically, the 6-foot-9 center was speaking about being a Maverick. But on Thursday, that gratitude could also extend to his time with the kids he got to work out with in Plano. “I was once that little kid that would look up to NBA players and hope that he would sign my shoe or hope that I would be able to meet him in person,” he said. “With kids, I can be myself and I can be a kid myself. So it’s fun.”
September 27, 2022 | 8:13 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: James Harden believes he’s back to MVP form “I’ve always said that if my conditioning can be level with my skill set, my IQ, and the work I put in, it’s MVP” (Via @SIRIUSXM ) pic.twitter.com/qipgBjWwPr
Callie Caplan: Two-way guard Tyler Dorsey after his first official Mavs practice: “[Luka] facilitates the ball well, and guys [in the NBA], they haven’t seen me in 3 years, so I don’t know how much respect I’m going to get, but if I’m left open, I’m going to do my job and finish the assist.”
Duane Rankin: “To be straight, I’m not going to talk about this anymore cause it just doesn’t make sense to keep talking about one guy after one game. We lost Game 7.” Monty Williams addressing him and Deandre Ayton haven’t not talked since Game 7 of #Suns-#Mavs series Phoenix lost, 123-90.
Katy Winge: Coach Malone’s goals he gave the Nuggets: – Protect home court (23 home wins last year) – Win the division again – Improve record vs playoff teams, especially in the West – Be better in the clutch (one of the best) Defense: transition & paint Offense: take care of the ball
Katy Winge: Coach Malone said the Nuggets coaches – particularly mentioned Ryan Saunders – spent time this summer talking about getting more diverse and creative with defense. Using zone more, using different types of zone, different types of press defenses…junk the game up if you need to.
Today was the first full practice that Jamal Murray went through since tearing his ACL in April of 2021. The Nuggets star point guard, though he’s entering his seventh season in the NBA, showed some legitimate excitement today. Often, talking to the media can be seen as a drag for NBA players. Instead of being defensive, Murray held court, answering questions openly and thoughtfully about various aspects of his return to the court. “I feel good. I feel rejuvenated,” Murray declared. “Just playing hard. Playing aggressive. Trying to pace myself.”