The Denver Nuggets’ offseason was not even an hour old when Jamal Murray began to talk about all the ways he wanted to hone his game.

“I’m excited for this summer. I’m excited to get back in the gym, work on my body, work on myself and come back stronger next year,” Murray said from the Target Center visitor’s locker room after the Nuggets’ overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the final night of the 2017-18 regular season. “We will not be in this position next year. We won’t be in the ninth spot. I don’t want to be fighting (for a playoff spot). I want to be locked into the playoffs.”

The 21-year-old Canadian sharpshooter had just endured the toughest loss of his pro career, but all he wanted to discuss was what came next. He understood even during a difficult moment: good things are on the horizon for him and his teammates if they stay the course.

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.

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