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Emmanuel Mudiay Apologizes For Verbal Altercation With Mike Malone

Nov 25, 2015 11:28 AM

Mike Malone had verbal altercations during Tuesday's game with both Emmanuel Mudiay and Blake Griffin.

With 1:53 left in the fourth quarter, Malone laid into Mudiay for what he thought was a subpar performance.

Mudiay had a few words of his own in retort back to Malone and was then pulled from the game.

"There is frustration on our end, having lost four games in a row now," Malone said. "Just trying to find way to get a win. Winning is a great cure-all for anybody, like it was for (the Clippers) tonight, coming in having lost three in a row. So this is a very competitive game, guys are out there working hard trying to do their best, and sometimes emotions get involved. By no means is there an issue with Emmanuel or anybody else on this team. We are together, we are unified and we're going to continue to fight to stay together to get this thing turned around."

Said Mudiay: "It's just both of us being competitors. It probably was my fault, I could have been doing a lot more. So I kind of put the blame on myself. I've got nothing against Coach, I respect him. He's a great person, and I have all the respect in the world for him.

"Me and him are both competitive. We want to win. We hate losing. We're on a four-game losing streak, something like that. It's just us trying to win. At the same time, it's over with. It's on to the next game. It's been like that my whole life. He's just trying to challenge me, which I accept."

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

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Mike Malone Likes How Emmauel Mudiay Is 'Student Of The Game'

Nov 12, 2015 12:53 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay is averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game over his first eight NBA games. Mudiay is shooting just 32.7 percent and averaging 4.4 turnovers per game as his play has been up and down.

"What I like about Emmanuel is that he is a student of the game," Mike Malone said.

"It's exciting to see a 19-year-old be able to run the team with his poise," Jason Kidd said. "It's extremely hard, because everybody wants the ball. That's just being honest.

"At that age, you are willing to give the ball. They're a young team. He's asked to do a lot, and I think he's standing up."

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Wilson Chandler To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery

Nov 11, 2015 7:32 PM

Wilson Chandler will undergo surgery on his hip and miss the remainder of the season.

Chandler is expected to make a complete recovery after a six-month rehab process.

Chandler signed a four-year, $46.5 million contract extension in the summer.

Chandler previously had to undergo surgery on his hip in May of 2012.

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Nuggets Waive Erick Green, Re-Sign Kostas Papanikolaou

Nov 5, 2015 12:05 PM

The Denver Nuggets will waive Erick Green in order to re-sign Kostas Papanikolaou.

Papanikolaou was acquired by Denver as part of the trade that sent Ty Lawson to Houston, but was waived Sept. 25.

Green was in his second year with the Nuggets. He appeared in three games this season, averaging 2.3 minutes per game.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Nick Johnson, Oleksiy Pecherov, Devin Sweetney Waived By Nuggets

Oct 25, 2015 10:10 AM

The Denver Nuggets have waived Nick Johnson, Oleksiy Pecherov and Devin Sweetney.

Johnson, 6-3, 202, appeared in six games (one start) for Denver in the preseason, averaging 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.7 minutes per game.

Pecherov, 7-0, 232, appeared one preseason game for Denver, averaging 6.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Sweetney, 6-6, 200, played in four preseason games for Denver, averaging 1.3 points in 3.3 minutes per game.

The Nuggets roster now stands at 15 players.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Denver Nuggets Season Preview With Matt Moore

Oct 17, 2015 4:19 PM

Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) of CBS Sports and the creator of Hardwood Paroxysm joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Denver Nuggets 2015-16 season.  

Topics include: What to expect from impressive rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, the change in culture under coach Mike Malone, whether this team should go big or small in crunchtime, how second-year players Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris project, and Matt's wildly optimistic prediction for the Nuggets' record.

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Nuggets Waive Matt Janning

Oct 15, 2015 2:06 PM

The Denver Nuggets have waived guard Matt Janning.

Janning, 6-4, 198, appeared in two games for Denver in the preseason, averaging 1.0 points in 4.6 minutes per game.

The Nuggets roster now stands at 18 players.

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Emmanuel Mudiay Believes Watching Game Film Could Be Biggest Way To Improve

Oct 15, 2015 11:43 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay has embraced watching game film in order to improve. Mudiay believes it may be his biggest aid in getting better and adjusting to the NBA game.

“Because the game is fast…I’m not going to say real fast, but I was just making decisions I knew were bad decisions. But now, the more I’m watching, the more film I see, the better it is,” he said. “I started (watching) a little bit in China, and I’ve seen how important it was. So now it’s like I’m always trying to watch film, I’m bugging people to watch film.”

Mudiay and Jahlil Okafor are co-favorites for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

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Nuggets Exercise 16-17 Options On Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic

Oct 11, 2015 5:11 PM

The Denver Nuggets have exercised the third-year options on guard Gary Harris and center Jusuf Nurkić for the 2016-17 season.

Harris, the 19th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game as a rookie in 2014-15. He is averaging 11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.67 steals while shooting .500 (5-10 3FG) from beyond the arc through the Nuggets’ first three preseason games.

Nurkić, the 16th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 6.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game as a rookie in 2014-15 and earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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Mike Miller Clears Waivers, Set To Sign With Nuggets
The Nuggets pursued Mike Miller during the 2014 offseason.

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Mike Miller Set To Sign One-Year Deal With Nuggets
Portland absorbed Mike Miller's $2.8 million expiring contract in July as part of the Brendan Haywood trade with Cleveland.

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Emmanuel Mudiay Denies Saying He Was Happy Not To Be Picked By Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay has denied telling anyone he was happy not to be drafted by the Knicks.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Mike Miller Agrees To Buyout With Blazers
The Nuggets are expected to pursue Mike Miller once he clears waivers.

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Nuggets Save $4.8M Waiving Kostas Papanickolau
Kostas Papanickolau was acquired from the Rockets in the Ty Lawson trade.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Grizzlies Had Interest In Danilo Gallinari Before Jeff Green Trade
Jeff Green was acquired instead of Danilo Gallinari, who was used in a similar way at small forward and power forward.

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Ty Lawson Publicly Criticizes Connelly, Kroenke
Ty Lawson replied to a comment on one of his own Instagram photos that criticized his play while with the Nuggets.

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Nuggets Invite Devin Sweetney, Oleksiy Pecherov, Matt Janning To Camp
Oleksiy Pecherov was a first round pick by the Wizards in 2006.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Matt Janning Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets
Matt Janning played for Anadolu Efes in Turkey last season.

David Pick/Sportando

Nuggets Waive Joey Dorsey
Joey Dorsey has agreed to sign in Turkey with Galatasaray.

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Malone Lauds Communication, Togetherness In Nuggets' Front Office
Mike Malone said he continues to work closely with Tim Connelly, Arturas Karnisovas and Josh Kroenke.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Darrell Arthur Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nuggets
Darrell Arthur's deal will include a player option in the second year.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Nuggets To Waive Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas Papanikolaou's deal worth $4.7 million is non-guaranteed.

David Pick/Sportando

Will Barton, Nuggets Agree Upon Three-Year, $10.6M Deal
Will Barton averaged 11 points a game for the Nuggets in 24.4 minutes per contest. He shot 44% from the field and 28% from three point land for Denver.

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Lawson's Agent: Nuggets Actually Care, Rare For Team To Put Players' Well-Being First
Josh Kroenke detailed the final months of the Ty Lawson's tenure with the Nuggets in an interview with Marc J. Spears.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets Finalizing Two-Year, $34M Extension
Danilo Gallinari will make $15.5 million in 16-17 and has a player option worth $16.1 million for the third year of the deal.

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Pablo Prigioni Waived By Nuggets
Pablo Prigioni was acquired by the Nuggets in the Ty Lawson trade from the Rockets.

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Lakers Were Only Other Team To Express Interest In Ty Lawson
The Lakers can't offer a first round pick until 2020 at the earliest and may not have even offered a future first rounder for Ty Lawson.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Rockets Acquire Ty Lawson From Nuggets
Houston will send Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and a 2016 first rounder to the Nuggets for Ty Lawson.

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Ty Lawson To Enter Alcohol Rehab
Ty Lawson attended a pretrial hearing Friday in Denver, in which his lawyer said he enters treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu.


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