Right here’s the Denver Post on a scene after the Nuggets had been escorted out of the playoffs:
On the unhappy evening the Nuggets had been swept from the NBA Playoffs, middle Nikola Jokic and coach Michael Malone sat down collectively and poured out a beer to kill the ache.
“We wind up hanging out for like two hours after that sport. Speaking in regards to the season, speaking in regards to the summer season, speaking about his horses, speaking about every little thing,” Malone recalled Friday. With the gratitude of a coach blessed with a superb gig, he described a dialog with the league MVP and his boss within the wake of a 125-118 residence loss to Phoenix that ended a ballyhooed Denver season in frustration.
Franchise proprietor Josh Kroenke joined Malone and his star participant.
“(He) was there with me (and) Nikola … for 2 hours,” Malone added. “Once I went residence that evening, I mentioned, ‘Man, we bought a extremely distinctive setup right here.’ We’re all upset, we misplaced, nobody was comfortable. … However to have an proprietor and an MVP who’re simply so all the way down to earth and dedicated to doing no matter it takes to be higher and discover methods to win a championship, these two hours had been so necessary.”
Shedding guard Jamal Murray to harm was an enormous blow for the Nuggets. It wasn’t a shock to see their postseason hopes minimize quick.
Murray, Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. are all below contract no less than by way of subsequent season, whereas Will Barton has a participant possibility this offseason. Paul Millsap and JaVale McGee are free brokers.