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Without divulging specifics, Murray admitted there were still a few physical limitations he was battling in his first official practice after tearing his ACL. But he was still in a light mood, simply happy to be back among his teammates. “I feel rejuvenated in a way,” said Murray. “ … First day of school vibes but it’s my seventh year doing it. I’m getting up there. It’s a lot of fun. I’m just happy to be on the court and back in the mix, not over there somewhere rehabbing, running around. I’m just happy to be finding my routine again.”
Katy Winge: Growth Coach Malone wants for Michael Porter Jr: discipline in his offensive spacing. Getting to the corner. Moving without the ball. His spacing without the ball. Malone said today MPJ had some great plays, but also forced his shot a few times. Give it up & you’ll get it back.
With the Nuggets, he didn’t get much of an opportunity, but he learned a lot playing with former MVP Nikola Jokic. One of the best passing big men in the league, Jokic imparted wisdom to Hartenstein about reading defenders and not being afraid of making mistakes. “He just taught me there’s certain aspects where you look more at the defender. Sometimes I can get the pass through it because the defender is not looking at [the ball],” he said. “Just looking people off with my eyes.”
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.”