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Nikola Jokic made his unofficial NBA debut back in July, 2015 at Las Vegas Summer League in front of empty stands and without fanfare. For most NBA fans, Jokic was an afterthought on the Nuggets summer league roster behind rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, end of bench players Gary Harris, Erick Green, and Joffrey Lauvergne. Jokic averaged just 8 points,…...

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“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” – Robert Green Ingersoll When I came to, the first thing I realized was that I was no longer wearing swim trunks. The second thing I realized was that that was not my biggest problem. As a kid growing up on the less-desirable side of L.A.,…...

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My favorite grandparent was the youngest of the lot, born in 1918. Though the month of her birth was notable simply for the fact she was in it, she was also born in the same month the Allies forced the Germans back behind the Hindenburg Line in World War I. Because of the war, they also started the World Series…...

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In today’s episode of What Makes This Play Great, I look at a play that George Karl and the Denver Nuggets used back in 2009 to get Carmelo Anthony the ball in his favorite spot, the right elbow. I also show how the Nuggets have used this play for Michael Porter Jr. and provide several examples of LeBron James, Harrison…...

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The Denver Nuggets have won 40 games. They’ve played as well against teams with winning records as virtually any contender. They have wins that stand up with the best by any side all season long — like a shorthanded win in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back, or ‘The Seven’ marching through the mountains into Salt Lake City,…...

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“JERAMI GRANT HAD FORTY-NINE POINTS TONIGHT!!!” I had just walked in the door, and knew I’d misheard her. I was sure I had something crazy in my ear. I wanted to ask my wife to repeat herself. I somehow encapsulated all of that response into something a little briefer: “HE WHAT????” The “what” had landed in a register I thought the…...

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1. Michael Porter Jr. has a tendency to get knocked off of his spot in the post or on the wing. Some of this has to do with his slender build, a weakness that will likely improve rapidly as he starts to add muscle and strength. But he also has a lot of room for improvement with his footwork. In…...

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He thought he saw a Garden-door That opened with a key: He looked again, and found it was A Double Rule of Three: “And all its mystery,” he said, “Is clear as day to me.” -Lewis Carroll Friends, Denverites, Nuggets Nation… lend me your ears. No, really, just for the WKND. Er, weekend. I should have them back to you by…...

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Do you believe in miracles? Let’s get back to that in just a second, and talk about church first… no, not like that. My family was pretty good about getting to church every Sunday in my youth, though I often felt like I wasn’t spending the other six days steering myself in the same direction I was being taught every weekend.…...

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1. Nikola Jokic has been a “point center” since he arrived in the NBA back in 2015. That unofficial title has more or less meant that Jokic is the primary pivot point of the offense. The fulcrum, if you will. But “center” is his true position and “point” merely refers to the fact that the “point guard” is usually the…...

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1. PJ Dozier has the physical tools and feel for the game to be a very good and versatile defender. Both things were on display in the clip below as Dozier attacks his man on the closes out but manages to stay in front of him on the drive. His length allows him to wall off the easy angle at…...

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1. Nikola Jokic is absolutely dominant in the post when you surround him with proper floor spacers. Three spot up shooters and one athletic rebounder in the dunker spot is almost an unfair advantage for Joker. https://youtu.be/Xv5SfmWg1HU 2. PJ Dozier’s length allows him to see over the defense, a trait that becomes especially valuable when playing alongside Jokic. If a…...

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