Denver Post sports writer Mike Singer and his latest Nuggets Mailbag.
Pose a Nuggets — or NBA — related question for the Nuggets Mailbag.
I’ve been reading about Nikola Jokic is slimming down and is in great form. His burden was an actual asset for him because they could not simply push him and he can use his own body. Together with him slimming down, do you find this as a potential detriment? I do view it as a liability, but I am mistaken.
— DS, Lamar
I have no problem with the question and receive the premise. But from a perspective that is year-over-year, Jokic simply can’t win. At the beginning of this season, he was in my view, criticized for the form. After playing his way to a different All-Star year and using his potential All-NBA campaign interrupted in March, I believe Jokic’s present shape. I was told he adhered to a strict diet over the break and save to get a recent visit to Serbia, spent the majority of the suspension at Denver working out. Jokic has said before that a little additional burden on him helps him feel comfortable at the post, which explains the reason why I’m sure he had input on his form. He also wouldn’t possess cut when he thought it’d be a sin.
Besides the fact that Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly lately told me that he’s “never seen him better shape,” I’m inclined to believe the guy that’s putting up practically identical numbers to last year, when he finished fourth in MVP voting. Jokic was shooting 68 percent on the very exact shots from last year — up five per cent on shots inside of five feet this year. I don’t believe he would risk what’s left him unless he was convinced it could help.
Nikola Jokic looking skinny pic.twitter.com/E5ZEs6egK8
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 11, 2020
In the event the NBA has a playoff I believe Nuggets are placed. Lots of chemistry since the center of staff has been a long time. Can we break ?
— Maymoe Smith, Colorado Springs
I really like phrases such as “split through” since they don’t put me into a corner! While I believe chemistry is crucial, and the Nuggets are well suited in that regard, I believe the teams that gel rapidly and establish momentum are going to be ideal for advance deep into the playoffs. I am able to ’t let you know how often I was on the street this year with the group, in winning those 18 games, and they cited their toughness. That comprised ridiculous back-to-backs along with the seven-man triumph in Utah. I believe while playing high stakes basketball, is a lot more significant to “ break , the capacity to compartmentalize , in a strange environment, without the fans. ” In my view, by progressing past the second round, this would be constituted.
There’s discussion that the Nuggets can play with no audience present. Comcast and other cable providers refuse to broadcast the Nuggets matches on TV. Does this imply the Nuggets will play at an arena with fans watching on TV? Will the matches be streamed online? Any thoughts?
— Larry Waldman, Morrison
I am curious about the way the Stalemate, impasse, lawsuit, (and anything else you want to call it) and status of Altitude Sports along with Comcast will have online game policy whenever the NBA resumes? Will this stalemate cost people a chance to see the Nuggets play from the playoffs? Is there a chance to get a truce for this slate of matches? Or will it be national TV? Any updates/progress with this would be great to know.
— Douglas, Denver
The two questions, and the brief answer is, it’s uncertain now. The NBA has been tight-lipped regarding its broadcast schedule, and that no doubt has to do with ongoing negotiations between its principal TV partners in TNT and ESPN/ABC. The latter, clearly, is hosting the event at Disney. I am able to state that Altitude is currently hoping to broadcast the first-round, also and possibly both the eight regular-season matches. It s uncertain if theycould broadcast that using a broadcast or ’ kindly have rights. It s also potential, likely even likely, that the federal broadcasts won’t carry every game, which may mean audiences who’ve DirecTV could observe the Nuggets’ closing regular-season games.
As for Comcast, there is the issue of Altitude’s impending lawsuit. Imagine if the two sides can reach an agreement to supply games that are meaningful at one time in this way, the goodwill it could engender.
Many players have been engaging in voluntary workouts at Pepsi Center? Do you know exactly what they’ve been operating on and who these players are?
— Jeff, Aurora
Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Nikola Jokic, Monte Morris, Vlatko Cancar and Keita Bates-Diop have been at Pepsi Center regularly working out. Recently, I think Mason Plumlee has too, but he was back in Indiana to get much of the break. These workouts fall under the class of voluntary, and individual workouts. While there, ball-handling, shooting, conditioning and weight training all have been emphasized.
Paul Millsap hasn’t but has been working out.
As for Michael Porter Jr., Gary Harris, and Jerami Grant, all three have had access to a gym but aren’t believed to have been regulars at Pepsi. Per the NBA, all players need to return to their own home markets from June 22.
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I harbor ’t been able to discover any information regarding Bol Bol. How is he progressing along with his bodily wellbeing and his basketball abilities?
— Bert Gonzales, Palisade
Bol hasn’t been at Denver for the majority of the hiatus, however, videos have trickled from a few of his workouts and scrimmages. From his dunks into a few of the fluidity within his ball-handling, Bol appears healthy and not hindered from the foot injury that limited his time at the G League this past year.
Bol is going to be ready when the chance arrives. @bolbol
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) May 22, 2020
NBA teams will be allowed to bring up to 17 players, including men, to Orlando. Despite his wellbeing, it’so suspicious that the Nuggets would have Bol debut under these circumstances.
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