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Much like rappers who keep their ears to the ground for the next hot sound, basketball coaches watch games to see what they can repurpose as their own. In 2014, not long after Drake released a remix of Migos’ “Versace” and began incorporating the Atlanta trio’s ratatat flow into his own music, Michael Malone, then in his first and only full…

A little more than 24 before Katy Winge made history as the first woman in Altitude TV history to serve as a color analyst during a game, she still wasn’t 100 percent sure it would actually happen. Altitude producer Scott Bay had floated the idea to Winge over the last couple of weeks that he might be able to get…

In June, Tim Connelly was at his parent’s home in South Baltimore when his do-it-all wing asked to meet up. Come to the barber shop, Will Barton told him. Free agency was weeks away, and Barton was eligible for a new deal. Barton was coming off a career year in which he’d done everything from start at small forward to…

NIKOLA JOKIC ONLY LETS A SELECT FEW ride his horse Dream Catcher. It’s an exclusive club, one that includes Jokic’s godfather, his girlfriend and Michael Malone. Not even Jokic’s two older brothers are permitted to climb into the harness behind Dream Catcher and take the reins as Jokic’s horse trots around Sombor’s race track, situated five minutes due south of the…

The Denver Nuggets are playoff bound. With a 114-105 win in Boston on Monday, they clinched a postseason spot for the first time since 2013, the latest step in their progression from punching bag to budding contender. There are a number of ways to measure the strides the Nuggets have made in the last half decade, whether it’s the offense…

The first 18 years of Jamal Murray’s life were a mostly cable-less existence. Jamal’s father, Roger, didn’t want his son spending his free time plopped down in front of a TV. So instead of watching cartoons, Murray honed his jump shot and did push ups in the snow. Because of his unusual upbringing, Murray missed out on Millennial staples such…

Michael Malone’s phone lit up in the middle of his car ride home from the Nuggets’ 29-point win over the Clippers Sunday evening with a text from his starting small forward. Will Barton’s message wasn’t in regards to the three points he scored that night on a paltry 1-6 shooting or his offensive inconsistencies, which through Sunday had been a…

IT’S THE WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2018, six weeks before training camp would open, and over 1,400 miles away from the Nuggets’ practice court, the foundation for Denver’s 2018-19 season was laid. The venue was Paul Millsap’s state-of-the-art Core 4 facility in Atlanta, Georgia where for one week Denver moved its entire basketball operations department. During the day, spirited 5-on-5…

Six nuggets for the six triples Jamal Murray sunk in the third quarter of Denver’s 135-105 rout of the Chicago Bulls. 1. Pepsi Center patrons should have a pre-planned escape route and only touch doors with the backs of their hands in the event that Jamal Murray catches fire. The Nuggets third-year point guard gets into zones where is scorching.…

The two-time defending champs executed a regular season coup d’etat on their Western Conference challengers straight out of their championship playbook, disposing of Denver in an orderly and systematic fashion. Golden State carefully gassed the Nuggets up in the morning only to hand them their worst defeat since 2014 seven hours later.

Jamal Murray played through two sports hernias during his rookie season and still didn’t miss a game. So you knew when Murray went down with what looked like a painful ankle injury late in Friday’s fourth quarter, the only way the 21-year-old point guard was going to leave the game would be in a wheelchair. To no one’s surprise, Murray stayed…

The fadeaway Nikola Jokic began toying around with while he was on the mend from a sprained ankle last winter looked like the shot Dirk Nowitzki made famous except for one crucial difference. When Nowitzki went to his signature shot, he jumped off his left foot and raised his right leg into the air as if a string connected it…

It’s around 24 hours before the Denver Nuggets host the Memphis Grizzlies and Torrey Craig locks himself in his downtown Denver apartment, whips out his iPhone and bypasses Twitter and Instagram for an app called Just Play. Just Play, developed in late 2014 by two former Division 1 athletes, is Craig’s study guide for the next night’s opponent. Stocked full…