Denver Nuggets Rumors
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.”
Harrison Wind: Monte Morris says he hopes he’s the starting point guard on opening night, but that conversation with Malone about who Denver’s starter is with Jamal Murray out hasn’t happened yet. He said he wants to earn the job in training camp though and not just have it handed to him.
“I went out to San Fran and worked out with Stephen Curry for four or five days. It was just great getting on the floor with him. I’ve been cool with Steph for a while ever since my high school days—[attending] one of his camps—so getting back with him and getting to the gym was awesome,” Michael Porter said.
“Definitely Nikola Jokic is a unique dude that I really respect. [I] would love to have him in the show. I got to bring it up to him still. I don’t even know if he knows about it because he’s not on social media or anything. People can learn a lot from that dude: he’s the MVP but he doesn’t really carry himself like he thinks he’s a superstar—he’s just a regular guy. “I respect his consistency on and off the court and who he is. He’s a funny guy, so I’m hoping to get him on there so that people can see a different side of Joker, too.”