The Denver Nuggets are looking for head coach Michael Malone to prove to them that he is capable of guiding the team into the future meaning the pressure is on in Denver.
Malone is in his 3rd season at the helm and guiding a Denver team that is without free agent prize Paul Millsap, who has been sidelined with a wrist injury since November.
“We have some young guys that have to prove to me I can trust them,” Malone said.
Those young players are Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris and the Nuggets want to be sure they have the right man leading their development.
According to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, the Nuggets want to see Malone lead the team into the playoffs.
Nuggets’ President Tim Connelly Remaining with Franchise
Connelly met with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on Friday to talk about the President gig with the team following the dismissal of longtime president Ernie Grunfeld, who had a 16 year tenure with the cluib.
Leonsis apparently made a strong offer to Connelly, but the Nuggets convinced him to stay.
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Discusses Frustration with Referees
Jokic has been met with physicality from defenders, and is trying to match that same physicality, but seems to be drawing the whistle.
Jokic spoke about the contact he receives, as well as his view of how the refs are calling it.
“Sometimes it’s really hard because the ball is in my hands a lot and there is a lot of contact there,” Jokic said, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. “I know I’m not going to get every call, but the obvious ones, at least.”
Jokic has a supported in his teammate, forward Paul Millsap.
“It’s a tough situation,” Millsap said. “On that particular play (that led to Jokic’s ejection), he got hit pretty hard. He’s just got to take a deep breath, I guess, and let it go. That’s about all I’ve got.”
Nuggets’ Paul Millsap Praises Nikola Jokic’s Development
Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic continues to impress with his play and his continuing development, and it has not been lost on the league and his teammates.
Nuggets veteran forward Paul Millsap has seen the improvement in Jokic’s game, notably when the game is winding down to it’s final minutes.
“He’s a completely different player than he was last year especially in the fourth quarter with two minutes to go,” Millsap said of Jokic, according to Christian Clark of BSN Denver.
“He wants the ball. He wants to make the play.”
Jokic is again showing improvement this season, averaging 20.7 points (career high), 10.7 (ties career high) rebounds, and 7.7 assists (career high) per game for Denver.
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