Nikola Jokic feeling 'great'

Denver Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic is feeling “great” and is expected to return to the United States in time to join the team flight to Orlando, Florida, according to coach Michael Malone. Jokic had his return to Denver delayed after testing positive for the coronavirus in Serbia, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported on June 23. “Nikola feels great,” Malone said in a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday. “We are working on getting him back here. Next Tuesday we depart for Orlando; the hope and expectation is that Nikola Jokic will be with us on that plane. From everything that I have heard and talked to him, he feels great, he feels fine and is excited to get back.”
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And now, as the NBA contemplates an unprecedented return amid a global pandemic and boiling racial unrest following the death of George Floyd when in the custody of Minneapolis police, the Nuggets’ veteran is beyond tired. Tired of witnessing the same cycle, over and over. “I don’t see us going down there and wearing George Floyd T-shirts before the games and then after a game, being interviewed, saying we need to change,” Barton told The Denver Post in a wide-ranging interview. “I’ll tell you right now, I don’t really see that helping. I feel like it’s too late in the ballgame. We’ve been going through this for 400-plus years now. I feel like the only way for real change is going to come is a revolution.”
Barton, while not calling for violence, distilled his message further by posing a hypothetical question he wanted all white people to ask themselves: “If Black people in America were to say today, ‘We’re going to war. We’re going to war, not with white people, (but) with racist America. Would you stand and fight with Black people against racists or would you be out of the way? Would you put your life on the line for a black person for what’s right or what’s wrong?”
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Others are mildly concerned, trusting of Commissioner Adam Silver and his staff that shared their 113-page “Health and Safety Protocols” memo with teams last week but also wary of the physical risks and mental health challenges that this unnatural environment will present for players and staff members alike. And that was before the positive tests of players such as Denver’s Nikola Jokic started rolling in on Tuesday. “It’s the hindsight of ‘Was it worth it?’ that worries me,” another GM said. “If something happens, it’s (the question of) ‘Was it worth it?’ If everything goes great, it’s historic, and it’ll be remembered throughout history. ‘Remember the Bubble?’ or whatever they’re going to call it. It’ll be a special thing as long as we can make it through.”
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Jokic's father: 'Nikola is fine'

Branislav Jokic talked to Nova.rs about his son, Nikola Jokic, testing positive for coronavirus. The Denver Nuggets player is fine and with his family, his father pointed out confirming that the 25-year-old Serbian center found out he was coronavirus positive last week and that he has not shown any symptoms. “We are all fine. Nikola is fine. It’s been a week,” he mentioned, “What he had is gone. He is not showing symptoms. He is with us and everything is fine.”
I get the premise and have no problem with the question. But from a year-over-year standpoint, Jokic just can’t win. At the beginning of this season, he was, fairly in my opinion, criticized for the shape he was in. After playing his way into another All-Star year and having his potential All-NBA campaign interrupted in March, I think Jokic’s current shape is the product of a deliberate plan. I was told he adhered to a strict diet over the break and save for a recent trip to Serbia, spent the majority of the suspension in Denver working out. Jokic has said before that a little extra weight on him helps him feel comfortable in the post, which is why I’m sure he had input on his current form. He wouldn’t have cut if he thought it would be a detriment.
I get the premise and have no problem with the question. But from a year-over-year standpoint, Jokic just can’t win. At the beginning of this season, he was, fairly in my opinion, criticized for the shape he was in. After playing his way into another All-Star year and having his potential All-NBA campaign interrupted in March, I think Jokic’s current shape is the product of a deliberate plan. I was told he adhered to a strict diet over the break and save for a recent trip to Serbia, spent the majority of the suspension in Denver working out. Jokic has said before that a little extra weight on him helps him feel comfortable in the post, which is why I’m sure he had input on his current form. He wouldn’t have cut if he thought it would be a detriment.
PJ Dozier, Denver — The Nuggets have an open roster spot, and the 23-year-old Dozier has shown some encouraging flashes as a two-way player this season, displaying some of the smooth handle and quickness that had him on draft boards before injuries swallowed up his college career. Dozier still needs to shoot better, but the Nuggets have an open roster spot and could use another wing. If they miss out on the free-agent names above, converting Dozier seems like a reasonable option.
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In addition, the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz are all recognizing Juneteenth in some fashion. The Wizards and Washington Mystics are expected to walk from the Capital One Arena in Washington to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Friday morning. The Knicks joined forces with the New York Rangers to host an MLK youth panel on Thursday with former Knicks star Allan Houston and general manager Scott Perry.
When you guys get to Orlando, there will only be a short window before the playoffs, but because the Western Conference standings are so tight, how high do you think the Rockets can climb? Austin Rivers: We’re hoping to obviously try to get — here’s the thing. There’s no more homecourt advantage, right? So no one cares about homecourt advantage anymore. So that goes out the window. That’s a big deal. So with that being gone, that’s no longer the focus. So now it’s about who you want to match up with. We play Denver right now. I think the key is to try to just get the best seed to see who you match up with best. Maybe a couple of seeds ahead. But regardless, you’re playing the Lakers or Clippers second round, so it’s gotta be a dog fight one way or the other. It’s going to be tough and that’s it. Obviously, we have to beat the first round too, and that’s gonna be a good series. We gotta beat Utah or possibly Dallas. So regardless, I think at this point, because homecourt advantage is out, I think it’s just more so about us getting in a good rhythm rather than who we’re playing before the playoffs.
On Saturday, Nuggets players and staffers held a Zoom call with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock as an introductory step toward facilitating impactful change. The majority of Nuggets players were on the call, along with Malone, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, assistant general manager Calvin Booth and director of team operations Amy O’Brien.
One other movement that Malone and the NBA coaches are throwing their weight behind: The “Eight Can’t Wait” policies, whose goals are to address and reform police conduct. Most of the policies the initiative calls for were addressed in last week’s historic bill passed in Colorado. “If I don’t speak up, I would be doing my players, the Nuggets and our city a disservice,” Malone told The Denver Post recently. “Silence is no longer acceptable, for any of us. … We have to have the courage to dig deep, to really get to the root cause. Education, voting, civilian oversight within the police department, transparency, hiring processes.”