Denver Nuggets Rumors
Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Malone says that Jamal Murray’s elbow could be an issue and that Murray didn’t play up his normal level on the last road trip. “I’m sure it’s bothering him to some extent… we need to help Jamal to be more productive… I don’t think it’s anything he can’t play through.”
Katy Winge: In case anyone was wondering, this is what Nikola Jokic says in his recording for the @AltitudeSR starting lineup: “Nikola Jokic…number 15…position – whatever you want me to do…school – uhhhh Harvard.” You can’t make this stuff up.
Michael Singer: The Nuggets have always liked P.J. Tucker, but as of this evening, they haven’t reached out to the Rockets about him, a source told @denverpost.
Malone’s Nuggets were inside the bubble until the Western Conference finals were over. He argued publicly for coaches to be able to welcome families — a luxury the players enjoyed far, far earlier than coaches. There is no bubble now because the isolation was too much for everybody involved. League officials resist even the idea of a shutdown or pause right now. They want to plow ahead and get this season over, so the next one (with fans allowed in) can start on time. But to hear Malone warm to the idea of a bubble is an indicator of just how difficult it is navigating a season outside of one in this pandemic.
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone acknowledged Tuesday night that Michael Porter Jr.’s absence from the team is because he’s had the coronavirus. After the Nuggets’ 122-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in New York, Malone was asked why his team hasn’t been able to put together a complete performance this season. While answering, he explained why Porter hasn’t been with the team.
“Well it would be nice if we were fully healthy,” Malone said. “We were without two starters tonight — no Gary Harris, no Michael Porter. I don’t think we have been whole the whole year. JaMychal Green was out early, Michael Porter has been out with COVID, and Gary was not here due to personal reasons. I think that’s one thing that will help us.”