The Denver Nuggets: Hungry for a Second Helping

Two of the Denver Nuggets' brightest stars, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, sat contemplatively, setting their sights on a second championship title.

by Faruk Imamovic
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The Denver Nuggets: Hungry for a Second Helping
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Amid the shiny allure of the Larry O'Brien Trophy, a symbol of NBA supremacy, two of the Denver Nuggets' brightest stars, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, sat contemplatively, setting their sights on a second championship title.

While the whispers and roars of the NBA offseason were centered around the significant moves by teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns, the Nuggets, the reigning champs, are geared up not just to defend their title, but to clinch it once more.

Rekindling the Championship Flame

"I just think we can do it again," expressed a hopeful Murray during the Nuggets media day. Emphasizing the grit required to navigate the tumultuous NBA season, he said, "I think that's the biggest thing, just being able to repeat and go through the adversity and ups and downs of this season.

Just be ready by April and going to June." Jokic, now back with the team, reaffirmed Murray's ambition, setting his sight on maximum wins and the ultimate prize. "Just to win as much games as possible and try to have fun during that period," he remarked, adding, "Go get the opportunity to win another one.

Probably that's going to be the next step for us. Like Jamal said, like why not win again?"

Staying Grounded in the Quest for Greatness

However, with great victory comes an even greater responsibility. Head coach Michael Malone highlighted the potential challenges of stepping into a season as defending champions.

Reflecting on the Nuggets' monumental achievement in securing Denver's inaugural NBA championship, he pointed out the necessity of a refreshed perspective for the new season. "It's definitely a concern," Malone opined. Evoking the wisdom of John Wooden, the iconic UCLA coach, Malone noted, "John Wooden had a great quote and I think it applies to our group: to win, you have to have talent.

To repeat, you have to have character... We have talent. But are we going to be thinking about last season? Because in my eyes, last season is over." Looking forward to the spectacle of opening night, Malone said, "I can't wait to get to opening night, raise the banner, receive a ring, and that's the cherry on top." He acknowledged the rapidly changing dynamics of the NBA and emphasized, "So last season is over.

We have a new responsibility and if we're serious about being a team that can repeat, if we're serious about trying to be a team that can be a dynasty, we have to bring our best every single day."

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