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42 minutes | May 26, 2021
Looking ahead to Game 3 of Nuggets-Blazers as series flips to Portland
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in two games into the Nuggets-Trail Blazers playoff series with things all tied up at 1-1 and Game 3 set for Thursday night. Among the topics discussed: + Michael Malone broke the glass in Game 2, calling on Aaron Gordon to take the emergency defensive assignment on Damian Lillard. How much more of that should we expect to see as the series goes on? Did Malone play the Gordon card earlier in the series than he wanted to? + The Nuggets have received significant contributions from the bench, from a big Game 2 performance from Paul Millsap to Markus Howard's surprise role in both games. Is this sustainable? When might Denver get reinforcements in the way of Will Barton and P.J. Dozier? + Nikola Jokic has had all of six assists combined in the first two games of the series — or two below his per game average during the regular season. How big of a deal is this for the Nuggets? And what can they do to open things up a bit more for the preternatural passer? + Things got chippy in Game 2, with plenty of jawing, fake fights and flopping between the Nuggets and Blazers. What is it about these two teams that brings out the nastiness? How has this become such a contentious rivalry? + The Nuggets just increased capacity for home playoff games, going past 10,000 for Game 5. How close was the atmosphere inside Ball Arena for Games 1 and 2 to typical playoff games? And how worried should Malone be about how his playoff newbies will respond to hitting the road for the first time in the postseason.
48 minutes | May 5, 2021
Michael Porter Jr. on the rise, Nikola Jokic's MVP campaign, guard problems and playoff matchups
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in with Denver closing in on one of the top four seeds in the Western Conference playoffs. Among the topics discussed: + Another week has produced another injury in the Denver backcourt. Why do the Basketball Gods hate the Nuggets? How will this affect rotations going forward? What are potential scenarios for Denver's backcourt come playoff time? + How will things shake out in the front court between Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green and JaVale McGee? Are there enough minutes to go around? Which one of those players is sitting come playoff time? + Speaking of the playoffs, who are the Nuggets hoping to see in the first round between the L.A. Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers? + Is Aaron Gordon doing enough offensively? Is it time for him to start asserting himself more on the offensive end of the floor? Or would that take away from him defensive contributions? + Michael Porter Jr. has taken things up a notch in the wake of Jamal Murray's season-ending ACL tear. Just how much ceiling does MPJ have left? How much are all of those teams who passed on him in the 2018 NBA draft regretting not snatching him up when they had a chance? Is it possible MPJ will be the Nuggets' No. 2 option when Murray returns next season? + Is there any way someone other than Nikola Jokic is named MVP this season? Is the award already in the bag with just two weeks to go in the regular season?
60 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Nikola Jokic and the great NBA MVP debate with ESPN's Brian Windhorst
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer is joined by ESPN's Brian Windhorst to discuss all things Nikola Jokic and why he still has Philadelphia's Joel Embiid atop his MVP rankings. Among the topics discussed: + Why Windhorst and fellow ESPN reporters Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon were all "in their feelings" during a contentious MVP debate last week on the Hoop Collective podcast. + Why Jokic's availability shouldn't be overlooked in comparison to Embiid's 18 games missed. + Whether Jokic is an acquired taste among casual NBA fans and how much of that the Serbian star has brought on himself. Does the NBA have a starpower problem? + What are the implications of Jamal Murray's injury for the Nuggets in both the long- and short-term? + Will Michael Porter Jr. command a max salary when he comes up for free agency? + Windhorst shares some of his favorite stories from Michael Malone's days in Cleveland as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers — back when he was known as "Mike." + How a wedding gift from Singer to Windhorst ended up in Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti's office.
47 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Mike Singer and Sam Amick on what's next for Nuggets after Jamal Murray injury
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and The Athletic's Sam Amick break down all angles of the Jamal Murray injury. Among the topics discussed: + When Murray went down with 50 seconds left in the Golden State game, Amick didn't want to believe it was as bad as it looked. He didn't even want to focus on the potential injury when Steph Curry had just made history for the Warriors. + Why did Murray's torn ACL have a more profound impact on Amick than other similar injuries? How do journalists toe the line between objectivity and building a relationship with a player? Why do journalists root for the people in the NBA and not necessarily the teams they play for? + What are the immediate implications of Murray's injury this season and what does success look like from Denver's perspective in the postseason? + What impact will Murray's injury have heading into next season, and when can we expect his return? Would Murray's status alter free agent decisions for Will Barton, JaMychal Green or Paul Millsap? How does the Aaron Gordon trade factor into the Nuggets' championship window? + The best-case scenario for Murray might be Bulls superstar Zach LaVine. The worst-case might be former MVP Derrick Rose. What does Murray's injury do to Nikola Jokic's MVP chances? + Amick and Singer break down their favorite memories from working together at USA Today, including the great Gordon Hayward free agent debacle.
41 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Breaking down trade deadline targets, possibilities and Nikola Jokic's MVP chances
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in with the trade deadline just 24 hours away. Among the topics discussed: + The Nuggets are on a roll, winning nine of their last 11 games. Is this really the time to be shopping for a deal? Should executive Tim Connelly be worried about messing with team chemistry? + Does Lakers star LeBron James' high ankle sprain factor into the front office's thinking around the deadline? Is there now an increased urgency to improve the roster with a path to the title seemingly widening? + Does Denver have the assets to entice other teams? What might those assets be? And who might other teams covet on the Nuggets roster? + Who are the possible targets for the Nuggets? We break down five names (Aaron Gordon, Harrison Barnes, JaVale McGee, Lonzo Ball and Kenrich Williams) and rank them in order of likelihood and team fit. Then Matt Schubert offers up a wish list of his own. + With LeBron and Joel Embiid now on the shelf, and voters unlikely to vote for Giannis Antetokounmpo a third consecutive year, is Nikola Jokic now the front runner for MVP?
40 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Michael Porter Jr. ascending, Facu Campazzo buzzing, Jamal Murray unplugging as trade deadline nears
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in after Denver absolutely destroyed the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Among the topics discussed: + Michael Porter Jr. appears to be ascending toward stardom. What has happened over the past month that has led to his consistently productive play? Has he found his spot at the four? Could we ever get to the point that he's the No. 2 on the Nuggets' Big Three of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and MPJ? + Jamal Murray was open and honest with reporters about his desire to get away from basketball during the All-Star break. What does that say about Jamal? What does that say about his season? How much does that explain his uneven start following the break? + Facundo Campazzo is starting to look awfully comfortable with the second unit. Has the Argentinian sensation found his role? Is he here to stay in Michael Malone's rotation? Who else has Facu Fever? + Don't look now, but everyone's favorite punching bag, Will Barton, has returned to form. Is it time for Nuggets fans to appreciate what they have in Thrill? Is this all a result of him finally being healthy again? + The trade deadline is one week away, and the franchise is sending out mixed signals about its plans. Given how the team is playing, does it make sense for them to make a move? Who are some of the names the Nuggets might be interesting in? + Joel Embiid is injured. LeBron James and the Lakers are coming back to the pack. Nobody seems to want to give Giannis Antetokounmpo a third straight MVP. Could things be opening up for the Joker?
51 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Nikola Jokic torches Chicago, Jamal Murray on the rise, Denver's "Big 3" and what's up with Bol Bol?
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in after Nikola Jokic went nuclear on the Chicago Bulls. Among the topics discussed: + Nuggets coach Michael Malone compared Jokic to Spurs legend Tim Duncan during Monday night's postgame news conference. How apt is that comparison? What makes Joker such an unstoppable force offensively now? + Jokic and Jamal Murray have found their form together in the last 10 games, but the Nuggets are only 6-4 over that span. How concerning should that be? What are the Nuggets missing? Are their problems fixable? + What is Nuggets executive Tim Connelly looking for on the trade market with the deadline three weeks away? Is it inevitable that Denver makes a deal? Who's out there that might interest management? + Bol Bol is clearly at the back end of the rotation, with players like Vlatko Cančar now taking his minutes. Why is Malone no longer giving him meaningful minutes? Is this an indication he's still got a ways to go in developing? Would other teams be interested in him as a potential trade chip? + What would you like to see from the Nuggets going into the All-Star break? Is there still hope they can move up into one of the top four seeds in the Western Conference? Can they avoid the play-in round in the NBA playoffs?
50 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Jamal Murray fires back, MPJ takes a seat, Facu Campazzo hits the floor and trade deadline thoughts
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in as the Denver Nuggets return from a rough East Coast road trip that saw them go 1-3 despite a series of big games from Jamal Murray. Among the topics discussed: + Jamal Murray fired back at Singer following a loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night — the Nuggets' third in four games. Was it a sign of the star point guard's frustration with a team struggling to consistently win games? Should there be reason for concern in the Nuggets locker room? + Michael Porter Jr. didn't see the court in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' loss Sunday night. Why wasn't he on the floor? Is the second-year forward in coach Michael Malone's doghouse once again? Is Malone hurting the team's ability to properly evaluate Porter ahead of restricted free agency? + Facundo Campazzo found himself in the starting lineup for the first time last week. How should we gauge his contributions? Does his play warrant more trust from Malone? Does he play with too much energy? Is his inconsistent shooting hurting Denver when he plays in the fourth quarter? + The trade deadline is a month away. What sort of players should executive Tim Connelly be looking for? Is there someone on the market who fits a Nuggets need? What could they offer that might intrigue teams looking to be sellers at the deadline?
48 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Nikola Jokic's MVP chances, Bradley Beal trade rumors and Jerami Grant's homecoming that wasn't
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in as the surging Denver Nuggets get ready to take on the Lakers. Among the topics discussed: + The Jerami Grant/Mason Plumlee revenge game that wasn't: What was the scene like inside Ball Arena? How much is Michael Malone to blame for Grant souring on Denver? Despite the all-star caliber numbers being put up by Grant, is there a chance he regrets his decision to bolt for Motown? + Nikola Jokic was named the Western Conference Player of the Month just days after he torched the Utah Jazz for 47 points. Where does Joker rank in the NBA MVP race? Is there any chance he overtakes LeBron James? Was Sunday's win over the Jazz a preview of things to come? + Michael Porter Jr. is back on the roster, but no longer starting. Should he be in the starting five? Is he a better weapon for Coach Malone coming off the bench? Where would you like to see him grow as an offensive player? + Trade rumors are swirling around Bradley Beal. Should the Nuggets go after him? What might they be able to offer? Are there any other players possibly on the trading block that could help Denver? + Nuggets vs. Lakers: What do we want to see out of Denver against the defending NBA champions? Are the Lakers actually the biggest threat in the West? Or are the Clippers or Jazz overtaking them?
42 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
James Harden traded, inconsistent Jamal Murray, Bol Bol starts and Nikola Jokic's greatness
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in a day after James Harden's trade to the Brooklyn Nets. Among the topics discussed: + What does the James Harden mega-deal mean for the Nuggets and the rest of the NBA? Are the Nets now about the league's top title contenders? + Inconsistency is creeping back into Jamal Murray's game. Will we ever see Bubble Jamal on a game-to-game basis? Is it possible he's hampered by injuries? + Nikola Jokic is averaging a triple-double as the hub of the Nuggets' attack. Can he keep this up for a full season? What needs to happen for him to be named NBA MVP? + PJ Dozier is getting a lot of run in crunch time. Is this just tinkering by Coach Michael Malone? Should other players be on the court during winning time? + Michael Porter Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, which could possibly be the second time he was stricken with the virus. What does this mean for the Nuggets? How should they handle his return to the roster? And how will that affect Malone's rotations?
45 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Nikola Jokic's amazing start, Denver's defensive issues, James Harden trade talk and more
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in after Denver's 1-3 start one week into the regular season. Among the topics discussed: + The Nuggets are currently giving up 120 points per game. What's wrong with the defense? Can it be fixed with the current roster? Is Denver now an "offensive team"? + Michael Porter Jr. is back to scoring in bunches, but he's also letting the opponents do the same. Is this endangering his starting spot? How long will it take for him to reach a plus level on the defensive end? + Nikola Jokic is off to a torrid start with three triple-doubles in four games. Is he the best center in the NBA? Might we be seeing the beginnings of a legitimate MVP campaign? + JaMychal Green has yet to appear in a regular-season game with the Nuggets. How much will his return lock roles into their proper place? Can he help solve some of Denver's defensive issues? + Time to buy low on Facundo Campazzo stock? He's not seeing a ton of minutes, and some of the excitement has dulled on Denver's Argentinian import. + The Nuggets' name popped up in recent James Harden trade rumors. Should the franchise consider trading for the disgruntled superstar? What sort of package might that take? And what's the timeline for getting a deal done?
42 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Will Barton's starting spot, Facundo Campazzo's ceiling and where things stand on the wing
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, Mike Singer and Matt Schubert check in as "training camp" begins and the regular season opener looms just two weeks away.Among the topics discussed: + How will the battle for the starting 2-4 spots in the Nuggets' lineup play out? + Will Barton sounded confident, if not slightly defiant, about his place on the team upon returning from injury. How long before he's back to his usual self? + The Nuggets and backup point guard Monte Morris agreed to a three-year extension this week. Does that cement his status with the franchise? Or does he remain an interesting trade chip? + What will it take for Gary Harris to regain his spot in the starting lineup? How much hope is there for him finding his way back offensively? + Can Euro import Facundo Campazzo contribute at the NBA level?And can he and Morris survive defensively in an undersized backcourt?
50 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Jerami Grant leaves, JaMychal Green arrives and the Jrue Holiday trade that never happened
The Nuggets Ink podcast makes its glorious return just in time to talk about a wild five days with the NBA draft and free agency for the Denver Nuggets. Jerami Grant is gone. JaMychal Green is here. R.J. Hampton could be a future all-star? Beat writer Mike Singer and deputy sports editor Matt Schubert break it all down, and even dig in to the Jrue Holiday trade that wasn't, in this latest episode.
31 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Ep. 25 -- Special Nuggets podcast: Breaking down the return of major pro sports in America
In this special edition sports podcast by The Denver Post, sportswriters Kyle Newman, Kyle Fredrickson and Mike Singer discuss the return of major pro sports in America. The trio assesses the re-start plans for the MLB, NBA and NHL, as well as discussion on the feasibility of an NFL season and college football this fall and how they have been covering sports during a global pandemic.
20 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
Ep. 24 -- Have the 9-3 Nuggets solved their early season issues?
In the latest Nuggets Ink podcast episode, beat writers Mike Singer and Kyle Fredrickson break down the team's uneven 9-3 start with analysis on Nikola Jockic's breakthrough, where Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig stand in the rotation, Paul Millsap's recent domination and more. The Nuggets welcome the Rockets, Celtics and Suns to the Pepsi Center this week.
39 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Ep. 23 -- What's going on with Nikola Jokic?
Nuggets Ink podcast host Matt Schubert and beat writer Mike Singer reconvene to hash out a bizarre start to the season for the Denver Nuggets. Among the topics discussed: + What's going on with Nikola Jokic? Bizarre on-court displays and questions about effort have hounded the All-NBA center and MVP candidate seven games into the season. Is this something fans should be legitimately worried about? + Is the pressure of high preseason expectations getting to the team early on? If so, how can the Nuggets shake out of this funk? + Jamal Murray emerged as a locker room leader early on. Is this a sign of things to come? + The Nuggets bench, seen as a strength entering the season, has been uneven during the first couple of weeks. Who is underforming? Who is carrying their weight? Can the unit meet the level it played at a season ago? Does Denver need that to succeed? + Which teams at the top of the Western Conference standings should the Nuggets be most concerned about? Does Denver need home court advantage in order to survive?
14 minutes | Oct 25, 2019
Ep. 22 -- Nuggets home opener: Is now the time for Michael Porter Jr.'s debut?
In the latest Nuggets Ink podcast episode, beat writers Mike Singer and Kyle Fredrickson examine the Nuggets' Game 1 victory in Portland and what to expect when they take the floor Friday night for their home opener against the Suns. Topics include a possible debut for Michael Porter Jr., a favorable November road schedule, where Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic rank among NBA super-duos and much more.
20 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Ep. 21 -- Three things we learned from Nuggets preseason
In the latest Nuggets Ink podcast episode, beat writers Mike Singer and Kyle Fredrickson break down three major storylines developed through the course of preseason play. Topics include Michael Porter Jr.'s debut, the ongoing position battle at small forward, and how the Altitude Sports TV contract saga is expected to impact team viewership.
24 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
Ep. 20 -- Expectations for Michael Porter Jr.'s preseason debut
In the latest Nuggets Ink podcast episode, beat writers Michael Singer and Kyle Fredrickson examine the expectations for Michael Porter Jr. in his preseason debut and other storylines to follow through the team's exhibition play. Topics include the ongoing competition at small forward, Nikola Jokic's rising national profile and more.
46 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
Why it's OK to believe the hype surrounding the Nuggets
Amid the dog days of NBA summer, Nuggets Ink podcast host Matt Schubert and beat writer Mike Singer meet to discuss the growing consensus that Denver is among the NBA elite. Singer, fresh off a Canadian engagement, addresses the wet blanket protestations of Schubert as they discuss a number of potential issues for next year's team. Among the topics: + The Nuggets were 13-3 in games decided by three points or less last season. Can they possibly keep that up? Or is it fair to expect a regression to the mean in those coin flip games? + Denver entered the offseason needing to add shooting, then went and traded for forward Jerami Grant. Is that enough to address the team's middle-of-the-pack 3-point marksmanship? Or will that problem linger? + Did the Nuggets bid against themselves in giving Jamal Murray a five-year, $170 million contract? Will he live up to those max dollars? + Are there enough minutes to go around on a team filled with players expecting, but not necessarily in line for, big minutes? + Hypothetically, are the Nuggets more San Antonio Spurs (a legit system) or Los Angeles Lakers (doomed without Lebron in the lineup) without a healthy Nikola Jokic? + Does Carmelo Anthony deserve a farewell tour? Will he get one?
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