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Porter himself acknowledged that Murray will not be with the Nuggets for the most part of the campaign, which is why he needs to step up not just as a player but also as a vocal leader. “We’re gonna be without Jamal [Murray] for a lot of this season, so I’m gonna be looked to as more of a leader on that team,” Porter told ClutchPoints in an exclusive interview last week. “I gotta be more vocal, so that’s one big thing I got to be better at. “I think that I just got to be locked in every night and help lead my team on and off the court. Obviously put up points, grab rebounds, be more of a playmaker out there. That’s a few things I got to be better.”
With training camp set to kick off next week, the Nuggets have organized several group workouts in various locations. The team recently ran stairs at the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre while taking part in MMA-style training with Jokic in attendance for both activities. “You would never know that he won MVP,” Hyland said on Tuesday. “It’s like he doesn’t want to talk about it with the way he carries himself. It’s crazy! I don’t know how to describe it. When he walks into the locker room, or when he walks into the gym, you would never know he won MVP with the way he carries himself. (It’s like) he’s grinding for another MVP or the next contract. He is 1-of-1, for sure.”