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Nuggets Notes: Boyle, Buffs Watch Nuggets Opening Day of Drills
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Quest to improve Denver Nuggets defense starts in training camp
BOULDER — The theme of Monday’s inaugural Nuggets team dinner carried over to Tuesday’s first practice. Defense, defense and more defense. The Nuggets’ quest to improve on that end of the floor began with the opening of training camp. And coach Michael Malone knows the questions will not subside until his team proves it can better complement its potent offense with more competence at the defensive end. “Will our team commit? Will our team buy in? Will our team hold each other accountable every single night?” Malone questioned. “If we make some major growth on that end of the floor, if we’re able to close out and win close games, I think we can make a significant jump from last season.” Malone arrived in Denver with a reputation as a defensive coach. But last season the Nuggets ranked 29th out of 30 NBA teams in defensive rating (110.5), 29th in opponent field-goal percentage (47.7) and 27th in opponent points per game (111.2). Related ArticlesSeptember 26, 2017 Nuggets notes: Paul Millsap looks “really good” in first practice September 26, 2017 Nuggets notes: Denver braces for loaded division, Western Conference September 26, 2017 Could Denver revisit signing Dwyane Wade? September 25, 2017 Kiszla: Agitated by Paul Millsap signing, Kenneth Faried warns Nuggets he’s ready to leave Denver September 25, 2017 Denver Nuggets set for “very interesting” point guard battle during training camp The addition of power forward Paul Millsap, a 2016 NBA second-team all-defensive selection, should help, though Malone said it’s “unfair” to put that entire responsibility on one player. Instead, coaches have devised an overall scheme that’s more simplified with execution that’s more aggressive, particularly in defending the pick-and-roll. The idea was concocted while watching the 2017 playoffs and solidified during a summer meeting with Millsap. The Nuggets’ big men will come up and switch onto the guard on the pick-and-roll more frequently in an effort to attack the ball-handler, take away the 3-point shot and force opponents to drill tough jumpers inside the arc. “If you can put pressure on those guys and make them make tough decisions, I think it makes it a little easier on us,” Millsap said. This style also naturally fits reserve posts Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried, Trey Lyles and Darrell Arthur. Yet it will challenge the footwork and awareness of third-year center Nikola Jokic. Malone, however, recalls a game against Charlotte during Jokic’s rookie season in which he did an “amazing job” switching onto dynamic point guard Kemba Walker throughout the fourth quarter of a Nuggets victory. “I know he can do it,” Malone said. “Now the challenge is going to be buying in, committing and doing it consistently.” Malone’s overall goal is for the Nuggets to get one more stop per half, or 164 more stops in a season. The coach calculated that would have elevated his team to 12th in the NBA in defensive efficiency last season. And that progress would also assist the Nuggets’ up-tempo offense by allowing them to get out more often in transition off of rebounds. The defensive quest officially started with Tuesday’s first practice, which featured drills in which players went 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 4-on-4, 5-on-4 and 5-on-5. The effort was good, Malone said. Malone will harp on defense throughout the season, if necessary. But the players know they must ultimately hold each other accountable in order to show improvement. “Teams may get an offensive rebound, (but) we’ve got to continue to play,” Millsap said. “Defense isn’t over until we get the ball.” [...]
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Altitude 950 Media Day Interviews
Altitude 950 interviews Nuggets players, coaches, and front office staff as a part of 2017 media day. [...]
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The door to NBA superstardom is open. Is this the season John Wall pushes through?
Sixty seconds into the first answer to the first question of this Wizards season, Scott Brooks managed to place his point guard in the MVP discussion. Don’t worry: The Finals MVP talk won’t come until day two. “John Wall is one of the best players in basketball,” Brooks said, while answering a generic question about the dawn of a new season. “Last year I thought he made a big step, not only on the court but (with) leadership. That’s not always easy to do. But I think now you can really talk about him being in the MVP conversation.” Wall probably won’t be the MVP; he finished tied for seventh in last season’s voting, with seven points, 881 fewer than Russell Westbrook. He is, though, staring at a crack in the NBA’s inner sanctum, with an outside chance to wriggle his way through. Wall often has lamented the way injuries hindered his rise; now he’s coming off a surgery-free offseason during which he worked out like a demon. Wall also has wondered why his Wizards teams were virtually banished from the national television rotation; now they’ve been given 18 of those dates, nearly double the previous two seasons combined. Wall has long identified a 50-win season and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals as Washington’s next steps, and both were within reach last season. But the Wizards, resting starters, lost two of their final three regular-season games to finish with 49 wins, and then fumbled a luscious playoff opportunity, losing that second-round series to Boston in seven games, with Wall missing his final 11 shots in the deciding game. Now he’s back, with the same core group of teammates, a coach he likes, a four-year supermax extension and an Eastern Conference that keeps leaking stars. He’s square in his prime. He has begged for an opportunity to bring his game to the country. This feels like his chance. “It’s all there,” Wall said Monday, after all the photo shoots and video sessions and radio interviews and forced smiles. “It’s all up to me.” At a minimum, there’s an opening he has never had before. His longtime antagonist, Kyrie Irving, is starting over with a new set of teammates in Boston, without the conference’s most dominant player by his side. The conference’s other marquee point guard, Isaiah Thomas, will miss a couple months because of a hip injury. The Wizards enjoy a continuity that’s almost extinct in the NBA: This will be the sixth straight year of the Wall-Beal backcourt pairing, and once Markieff Morris is back, the team’s starting lineup will be unchanged. Wall said his team goals are unchanged — 50 wins and the Eastern Conference finals — but this time not reaching them will feel like a step backward, and a whole lot more people will be paying attention. “I just want to see what the Eastern Conference finals is like ,” Wall said. “Not saying that’s where our last stop is. But put your foot in that door to see how it is to be on that type of pedestal, to be on that level.” Then there’s the pedestal offered by ESPN and TNT. This might seem trivial — okay, it’s probably trivial — but it has been a near-obsession of Wall’s while he led the Wizards from misery to respectability to whatever stage they’re at now. His family and friends have joked about how “you’ve got to buy League Pass to see me,” Wall said, and Washington’s two previous trips to the second round didn’t seem to make a difference. You can’t really be a part of the league’s inner circle until you’re a regular on national TV, and through his first seven seasons, he has lagged well behind Shaq and Charles Barkley in screen time. “I don’t think I get the recognition need. I mean, we got more TV games this year, but look how long it took,” Wall said Monday. “The only way you could really catch on to me is if you see the highlights. If you never see highlights on SportsCenter or NBA TV or watch a video, you don’t really get to see John Wall, because he’s not on TV. You look at the numbers I put up, and it goes unnoticed, because I’m not on TV and you don’t get to see it. … To me it’s all about who the NBA wants to put in that position, who they want to be in that spotlight.” Again, it might sound petty, except it’s the sort of thing that nags at Wall during those offseason workouts. Like the player ranking lists he tweets about. (“I always laugh at them,” he said. “They don’t they think I can get to this point.”) Or the preseason predictions. (He’s convinced that experts are ranking the Wizards in an also-ran group after Cleveland, Boston and Toronto; “I’m like, we was just one game away from the Eastern Conference finals,” he sai [...]
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Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls agree on buyout, source says
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade signed with Chicago before last season in large part because the affinity for his hometown was still very strong. A year later, he’s about to be on the move. Wade and the Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. Wade is considering several options, including a potential return to Miami or a reunion with longtime friend LeBron James in Cleveland, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been formally announced. Wade will have other suitors as well. ESPN reported San Antonio would be a possible landing spot and Oklahoma City — which added Paul George this summer and will formally complete the trade with New York for Carmelo Anthony on Monday — would also seem to make sense as well. Wade has kept his home in Miami, and Heat teammates have made little secret that they would welcome him back with open arms. Wade, speaking to AP on Sunday night, indicated he may decide his next move quickly. “I’m going to take tonight and some of tomorrow and speak to the teams or players that are on my list and go from there,” Wade said. “My decision is a pure basketball decision and I’ll make the one that fits me best at this point in my career, and with what I feel I have to offer a team that needs what I have to offer.” Heat President Pat Riley said late last week that he is still in love with Wade. He could not discuss the possibility of trying to bring Wade back to the Heat because NBA tampering rules do not allow such conversations about players under contract with other clubs. Related ArticlesSeptember 23, 2017 Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL, Curry September 23, 2017 Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder, AP source says September 23, 2017 Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off September 19, 2017 “Dancing With the Stars” premiere: Ranking the contestants from best to worst September 12, 2017 Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s 2 jersey numbers in December That contract is about to come to a quick close. Wade was due about $24 million this season from the Bulls, who traded Jimmy Butler away this summer and are entering a rebuilding phase. After the Butler trade, it was evident Wade was getting a buyout. The question was when. And now the question is: What will Wade decide next? “Anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road, or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that,” Riley said Friday. The opportunity is coming for the Heat, and anyone else who’s interested. Wade averaged 18.3 points for Chicago and returned from injury late in the season to help the Bulls get into the playoffs. Over his 14 seasons, Wade has averaged 23.3 points, been to the playoffs 12 times, won three rings and took home the 2006 NBA Finals MVP award. Bulls President John Paxson told CSN Chicago last week that he and general manager Gar Forman sat down with Wade when the season ended, and planned to do so again when Wade went back to Chicago. Given how quickly the buyout was agreed to, that talk apparently happened fast. The Denver Nuggets in 2016 courted Wade, offering him a two-year, $50-million deal. Wade turned them down and opted for the Bulls, but said the Nuggets had really impressed him. The Denver Post contributed to this report. [...]
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Nuggets 2017-18 Player Preview: Monte Morris
Last Season: Monte Morris was one of the premier point guards in the Big 12, starring for Iowa State as a senior. [...]
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Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder, AP source says
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. A day after saying they expected their All-Star forward to be at training camp Monday, the Knicks finally found a trade they were seeking since last season. It puts Anthony into a loaded Oklahoma City lineup that includes NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer. Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical. It saves the Knicks and their longtime star from what could have been an awkward reunion next week. Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade. He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go. Related ArticlesSeptember 23, 2017 Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL, Curry September 23, 2017 Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off September 19, 2017 “Dancing With the Stars” premiere: Ranking the contestants from best to worst September 12, 2017 Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s 2 jersey numbers in December September 7, 2017 Cavs’ rehab plan for Isaiah Thomas does not include surgery After making the postseason each of his first 10 seasons, he has been on the sidelines the last four years and said at the end of last season his priority was a chance to win. He wouldn’t have that in New York, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony. But he is close with Westbrook and George and should fit in nicely. He can possibly settle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the career scoring leader for the U.S. men. [...]
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Dempsey: Expectations Will Be a Mile High for These Nuggets
If tamping down expectations is any part of the narrative coming from the Nuggets organization prior to, and during, this season, it will [...]
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Next one? Basketball phenom Emoni Bates at 13 has college offer, NBA height.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Emoni Bates walks out a front door of Clague Middle School with just inches to spare. A wide smile tops his 6-foot-7, extra-lean frame. He’s holding a seventh-grade honor society certificate in his right hand. His braces gleam in the afternoon sun. Meet the best 13-year-old basketball player in America, according to some recruiting services. One of his highlight reels on YouTube has been viewed about 1 million times. “I don’t really pay attention to it,” Emoni insists in a voice just louder than a whisper, “because if I pay attention to it, it’s just going to get to my head. “And I don’t want it to get to my head. I just want to play basketball.” He’s got the pedigree. Emoni’s father, E.J. Bates, has been around the game most of his life. He picked greens and baled hay as a kid in nearby Milan, Michigan, then developed into a smooth-shooting guard. But he didn’t take school seriously until it was too late. Instead of playing for a basketball power like Kansas and maybe even in the NBA, E.J. wound up going to Kentucky Wesleyan and settling for pro hoops in Switzerland. E.J. is determined to make sure his son doesn’t make the same mistake. The academics are a sign of that. House rules bar Emoni from picking up a basketball until his homework is done. Yet E.J. knows when kids are this good this early, distractions roll in like waves. Already, it seems, lots of people want a piece of Emoni. Prep, private and public high school coaches are lining up. Colleges have him on their radar. DePaul took it a step further, offering Emoni a scholarship in late August. Two other much-touted players in the Class of 2022 — Amari Bailey of Illinois and Skyy Clark of California — also have offers from DePaul. E.J. knows the shoe company bird dogs and other hustlers looking to buy favors are lurking, too. So he and wife Edith, who works for the Red Cross, keep their inner circle very tight. “I’m his coach to keep the snakes away,” Bates says, sitting on one of Clague’s concrete benches. “We’re not for sale.” The Bates family has agreed to provide The Associated Press with a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most coveted basketball prospects in the country for at least the next five years. The periodic series will include video, photos, audio and text updates to track his progress. Will Emoni stay near his current home to attend a public high school? Or will he take his next step at a private school like Detroit Country Day, like Michigan native Chris Webber? Will he follow the footsteps of Marvin Bagley III and other five-star prospects, reclassifying to finish high school in three years? Bagley did to play college ball at Duke this coming season — and potentially to get a jump on a pro future. Will E.J. and Emoni emulate the father-son team of LaVar and Lonzo Ball, grabbing headlines while hawking their own brand at every turn? No one knows. E.J. says all options are on the table. But he won’t be loud, unlike LaVar Ball in the lead-up to his son Lonzo being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. “I don’t have to brag about what we’re doing,” E.J. says. “I let other people do all the talking about how good Emoni is because word of mouth is the best advertising there is.” A POTENTIAL STAR IS BORN Emoni James-Wayne Bates was born Jan. 28, 2004, at the University of Michigan hospital. He was on the light side — 6 pounds, 7 ounces — and a little long at 21 inches. Just over a year later, Emoni slept with his head cradled in his left arm and his right wrapped around a black and red basketball. A cherished photo was made. “He would always sleep with the ball,” his father recalls, holding a framed picture in his Ypsilanti, Michigan, home. “If the ball wasn’t around, he would cry about the ball. Even to this day, he has a mini-ball he keeps with him, which is crazy to me.” There were more hints. During a second visit to the doctor, E.J., who is 6-foot-4, and Edith, 5-9, asked how tall their son might grow. “He was off the charts,” E.J. laughs, “so they couldn’t tell us.” Emoni has shot up 7 inches in the last two years. He’s tall enough right now to play shooting guard at any level. He handles the ball like a point guard and launches 3-pointers like a savvy veteran. He can create his own shot like a wing or drive the lane and dish off to a teammate like another rail-thin former prodigy, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant. But adding weight and muscle is an ongoing challenge. He weighs just 155 pounds — not heavy or strong enough to play a dominating inside game that would complement his fluid perimeter skills. “We try to stuff him full of food at night and hope it sticks,” E.J. sighs. TEEN CELEBRITY The Adidas Invitat [...]
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Nuggets Re-Sign Mason Plumlee
The Denver Nuggets have re-signed center Mason Plumlee to a multi-year contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announce [...]
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Nuggets 2017-18 Player Preview: Torrey Craig
Last season: Torrey Craig stood out as one of the best players in the Australian NBL, playing for the Brisbane Bullets. [...]
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Allisha Gray of Dallas Wings wins WNBA Rookie of the Year award
NEW YORK — Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray is the WNBA Rookie of the Year. The league announced Tuesday that Gray received 30 votes from a national media panel while Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes got 10. Gray averaged 13 points and 3.9 rebounds and led all rookies with 1.53 steals per game. The 6-foot Gray, who was the fourth pick in the draft, started all 34 games for the Wings, averaging 27.2 minutes. Gray, who started college at North Carolina but transferred to South Carolina, is the first player not drafted in the top three picks to win the award since Temeka Johnson won it in 2005. Johnson was drafted sixth by the Washington Mystics. Gray is the second player in franchise history to earn the honor, joining Cheryl Ford who won the award in 2003 when the team was the Detroit Shock. [...]
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Nuggets 2017-18 Player Preview: Paul Millsap
Last Season: As the starting power forward for the Atlanta Hawks, Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assist [...]
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