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The average temperature in Sioux Falls, South Dakota during the NBA season is a frosty 34 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s nothing like the 30-degree mornings in Denver which manage to turn to 60-degree afternoons and a far cry from the year-round sunshine that Torrey Craig had enjoyed for the last three seasons before signing a contract with the Nuggets to…...

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Nikola Jokić and efficiency have always gone hand in hand. As a 20-year-old rookie, Jokić broke into the league as one of the NBA’s most efficient players. In 2015, he posted a 53.5 Effective Field Goal percentage, a top-30 mark that season and then a year later climbed the EFG% leaderboard further, finishing sixth in the statistic behind only…...

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Tyler Cook hates to lose. He hates losing so much that Cook calls his first two seasons at the University of Iowa, where the Hawkeyes recorded just 33 wins to 34 losses, the hardest two years of his life. “I had never lost that many games ever,” Cook told BSN Denver by phone from Atlanta where the Nuggets are…...

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The Nuggets won’t have to wait long this season for a Western Conference semifinal rematch against the Portland Trail Blazers. Denver will tip-off its regular season Oct. 23 in Portland against their Northwest Division rivals who bested the Nuggets in a seven-game series last May. The Nuggets’ opening night date in Rip City also comes after two preseason matchups…...

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It’s only 20 minutes into Day 1 of the MB5 Pro Academy and Malik Beasley’s gray t-shirt is already soaked in sweat. First, Beasley joins forces with campers half his size for a spirited 2-on-2 game. Moments later he sprints over to the adjacent hoop where boys and girls ages 12-16 try to drive by the 6-foot-5 guard and…...

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Stationed in Burgos, Spain over 5,500 miles and seven time zones away from Denver, Vlatko Čančar’s lifeline back to the organization that made him the 49th pick in the 2017 draft was his cell phone. Čančar’s hand-held device would light up after most of the games he played for San Pablo Burgos last season, like his 24-point, 5-rebound outing…...

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Fresh off an Adidas promotional tour over 5,500 miles away from the Las Vegas strip in  Greece, Jamal Murray was all smiles as he strolled into Cox Pavilion on the third night of Summer League. The 22-year-old had every reason to flash a $170 million grin as he settled into his courtside seat next to teammate Torrey Craig and began…...

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Have you managed to catch your breath? First, it was Anthony Davis who maneuvered his way to Los Angeles. Then, once free agency hit, the floodgates opened. Kyrie Irving relocated to Brooklyn. Kevin Durant soon joined. Al Horford followed Irving’s exit but settled in Philadelphia. Then, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George teamed up with the Clippers, Kemba Walker chose…...

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With big men from Anthony Davis to Kevin Love withdrawing their names from consideration for Team USA this summer ahead of the FIBA World Cup, Paul Millsap looked to be a favorite to land one of the 12 roster spots to represent his country at the tournament beginning Aug. 31 in China. But Millsap has officially opted out of…...

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Five months after the Nuggets’ and Trail Blazers’ emotional seven-game Western Conference semifinals series concluded, Denver and Portland will renew the burgeoning Northwest Division rivalry this preseason. Two of the Nuggets’ four games on their preseason schedule released Tuesday come against Portland. Denver will open its preseason slate on Oct. 8 in Portland at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and close the…...

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Many executives across the league were caught off guard by the new level Nikola Jokic reached in the playoffs last season, including the All-Star center’s countryman and Sacramento Kings assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic. “I had Peja who I know well come up to me and he goes, ‘I had no idea Nikola had that in him,'” Michael Malone…...

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Michael Porter Jr. — star basketball player, unanimous top-2 recruit out of high school who at a chiseled 6-foot-10 and 210 pounds looks like he was constructed inside a basketball lab — is not that different than you or me. “Chipotle’s my favorite food,” Porter told BSN Denver as he used his near seven-foot frame to peer over his…...

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Jerami Grant held up a freshly pressed No. 9 Nuggets jersey Thursday afternoon at his introductory press conference, the only jersey Denver brass hopes Grant will wear over the next several seasons. The Nuggets want Grant with the organization long-term, and based on Tim Connelly and Michael Malone’s remarks as they sat on either side of the 6-foot-9 forward and…...

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When news broke that the Nuggets had acquired Jerami Grant from the Thunder, Michael Malone couldn’t help but smile. “My initial reaction was I was excited as hell,” Malone told BSN Denver earlier this week in Las Vegas. “For me, he was a player that as a coaching staff we’ve long admired and respected playing against, a division opponent,…...

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LAS VEGAS — Good things come to those who wait. As rival franchises sent shockwaves throughout the league with their additions of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Anthony Davis, the Nuggets carefully plotted their next move that would bolster an already deep rotation. It came to fruition Monday as Denver acquired Jerami Grant from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a…...

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Three days into their Summer League stay, more earthquakes had taken place in Las Vegas than Nuggets basketball games. Denver’s opening night Summer League matchup with the Phoenix Suns was wiped out by the 7.1 magnitude tremor that hit Southern California on Friday, but the Nuggets got back on the court Sunday. Denver topped the Orlando Magic 84-79. Michael Porter…...

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LAS VEGAS — Tremors from Friday’s first earthquake were felt inside Thomas & Mack Center at 9:23 p.m Pacific Time. The ground shook for two minutes straight as the jumbotron ominously swayed back and forth after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Southern California. The arena’s public address announcer tried to calm the nerves of a near-capacity crowd that…...

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LAS VEGAS — No one was looking forward to this day more than Michael Porter Jr. This weekend in Las Vegas, Porter was supposed to reap the rewards of patience and belief. Two back surgeries, trips to and from countless chiropractors and physical therapists, a full season spent on the sidelines watching the Nuggets win 54 games, it was all…...

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Editor’s Note: Above is an audio story, designed to give BSN Denver subscribers the option to listen to this story if they don’t have time to stop and read it in its entirety. We would love to know what you think about it in the comments. Enjoy! After a redshirt season last year and months spent in the gym building…...

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