Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone went on The Sports Show with Les Shapiro and Woody Paige this afternoon and discussed the team on the eve of the 2015-16 NBA season. Among the many interesting things that he discussed, Malone had an interesting quote about the "vibe" around the team so far.
"I wasn't here last year or the year before, but I've heard from so many people that have been covering this team, that there is a different vibe. Our players have really truly committed themselves all summer, in September, and through training camp to improving, to being a much harder working, competitive basketball team. Not being a team that rolls over when adversity hits, which I think we saw a little of in the last two years."
It's an interesting quote and his point about the team "rolling over when adversity hit" was especially interesting. Anyone that watched the Nuggets pay last season knows that the team quit at a certain point. Malone seems to have confronted that fact head on and used it to challenge and motivate the team to find new motivation and discipline to recommit to giving a full effort night in and night out.
Check out the rest of the 5-minute below. There are some interesting comments about Erick Green and how he beat Nick Johnson for that last roster spot.