The National Basketball Association’s one-game suspension of Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic did not surprise head coach Michael Malone.
In midweek, just before tip-off on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers at the Ball Arena, the head coach of the Nuggets’ was in a joking mood.
Malone said, "Fair or unfair, it doesn’t really matter. The penalty was handled and delivered by the NBA. You respect their decision and you move on, I think most people assumed that he would be suspended for one game and that’s what happened. Nikola said he’ll be watching the game tonight drinking a glass of red wine.
"I said: I hope your baby has a bad case of diarrhea."
It seems the Miami Heat, who sponsors online casino sites, are also moving on from the well-documented shoving match between Markieff Morris and Jovic. Heat power forward Udonis Haslem was even complimentary of Jokic during the interview with Miami Herald.
Haslem said, "Obviously in a situation like that, alpha males and reactions take over, a couple of days later, we all want what’s best for everybody. I don’t think Jokic is a bad guy. I actually love him as a basketball player and I love him as a person. I think he’s a really good guy. I think emotions just got the best of everybody.
"Looking at it a day or two later, I wish it wouldn’t have gone down the way it went down. But I don’t think he’s a bad guy, nor do I think he’s a dirty player. I’m also a guy who has definitely let emotions get the best of me sometimes. But I never hit (anybody) in the back, and I think that’s where it got a little murky. But I don’t think he’s a bad guy, and I don’t think he meant to hurt anybody. We don’t hold grudges, so it’s time to move on."
The absence of Nikola Jokic on Wednesday opened the door for the reserves of Nuggets like Zeke Nnaji and Bol Bolto to earn significant playing time against the Indiana Pacers with casino en ligne francais backing the game..
Malone said, "Without Nikola Jokic, that allows and affords you the opportunity to play some guys that maybe haven’t gotten a chance to play real minutes this year, any in-game experience … when it’s real minutes, those are invaluable for those young players."
Bol, who happens to be a 2019 second-round NBA Draft pick, was the Denver Nuggets’ star of Summer League after an underwhelming first two pro campaigns in Denver. Nnaji, who is also a 2020 first-round NBA Draft pick, showed flashes of first-class talent while playing meagerly as a rookie. Neither has seen the floor early enough on this campaign.
Malone said, "I just hope those guys go out there, take a deep breath, don’t let their nerves get the best of them, calm down and play the game, they all work so hard. (Wednesday) will be a good opportunity for them to get out there and try to help us get another home win."