Denver Nuggets workload for Nikola Jokic to be investigated throughout the low season – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4)– While the Denver Nuggets are working through their to-do list for the off-season, load management for Nikola Jokic is a topic they will be debating a lot of the time.
Jokic played all 72 regular season games and was the only player to do so in the 2020-2021 season. His availability helped him win the NBA MVP Award, but it wasn’t the only factor.
“Nikola never likes to sit. I think he played all 72 games this year, contributed a small part to him winning MVP. I still think if he had missed 5 games he should still have won MVP, ”said coach Michael Malone.
As impressive as Jokic’s availability was, it was detrimental to the nuggets in the postseason. By the second round, Jokic’s fatigue was evident and with no brace to shoulder the load, the nuggets were swept from the sun.
“This is a discussion that we will continue to have. How can we help him so that we can get out of the first lap at the end of the season and he is not completely shot, ”said Malone.
In his year-end press conference, Malone said one thought is to plan a few free nights before the season starts instead of trying to do so during the season.
“I think we have to do it almost in advance to get the emotions out of it. Because what happens is this: We are preparing to play a game that Nikola might be able to sit at. But then we lose a game that we should win, and then we say Nikola can’t sit, we have to win the next game. You want to avoid that. I think take the emotions out and do it in advance. “