Nikola Jokic: “I would love to play my whole career in Denver” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“I would love to be Denver’s Tim Duncan, because he played his whole career in San Antonio.”

Nikola Jokic: “I would love to play my whole career in Denver” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

How Were The Nuggets Able To Defeat The Trail Blazers in Game 5? They Rallied Around Nikola Jokic, The ‘Best Player in the World’ — CBS Denver

As Damian Lillard was mystifying the Ball Arena crowd with his 55 points and a playoff-record 12-three pointers in the playoffs, the frontrunner for NBA MVP was pulling off his own heroics in front of the home crowd.

How Were The Nuggets Able To Defeat The Trail Blazers in Game 5? They Rallied Around Nikola Jokic, The ‘Best Player in the World’ — CBS Denver

Kiz vs. Singer: Is Damian Lillard or Nikola Jokic better in the clutch? — Sterling Journal-Advocate

After four games in this NBA playoff series between Denver and Portland, absolutely nothing has been decided. And it just might come down to whose supertstar is better at winning time.

Kiz vs. Singer: Is Damian Lillard or Nikola Jokic better in the clutch? — Sterling Journal-Advocate

NBA legend Camby says Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will have ‘big run’ in play-offs – but West is always tough — The US Sun

NIKOLA JOKIC and the Denver Nuggets are poised to make a lot of noise in the NBA play-offs this season. That’s according to NBA legend Marcus Camby, who said his former team even have the potential to reach the Finals. Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets are enjoying a brilliant season NBA legend Marcus Camby […]

NBA legend Camby says Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will have ‘big run’ in play-offs – but West is always tough — The US Sun

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic named Western Conference player of the week for third time this season — The Denver Post

This just in: Nikola Jokic is good at basketball. Related Articles Kiz vs. Singer: Does trade for Aaron Gordon make sense for Nuggets? Nuggets’ Jamal Murray laments “ridiculous” free-throw gap following loss to Pelicans Pelicans knock off Nuggets, drop Denver to 25-17 on the season Can Nikola Jokic actually win MVP? “Why not?” asks one…

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic named Western Conference player of the week for third time this season — The Denver Post

NBA all-star voting update: Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic stays at No. 2 spot in vote — The Denver Post

For the second straight week, Nikola Jokic sits in second place among Western Conference frontcourt players, according to the latest NBA all-star voting update released Thursday.

NBA all-star voting update: Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic stays at No. 2 spot in vote — The Denver Post

LeBron James, Nikola Jokic split on NBA’s decision to hold All-Star game amid pandemic — Canon City Daily Record

The NBA’s decision to host an abbreviated All-Star weekend in Atlanta has drawn split reviews from some of the game’s biggest stars with LeBron James and Nikola Jokic on opposite sides of the spectrum.

LeBron James, Nikola Jokic split on NBA’s decision to hold All-Star game amid pandemic — Canon City Daily Record

Nuggets podcast: Nikola Jokic’s MVP chances, Bradley Beal trade rumors, MPJ’s return and the Jerami Grant homecoming that wasn’t — The Denver Post

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…

Nuggets podcast: Nikola Jokic’s MVP chances, Bradley Beal trade rumors, MPJ’s return and the Jerami Grant homecoming that wasn’t — The Denver Post

Nikola Jokic approaching Lakers, LeBron James with respect, wise-cracks: “Can he jump as high as me?” — The Denver Post

Nikola Jokic’s dedication to the joke was so strong it took a full 20 seconds for him to crack.

Nikola Jokic approaching Lakers, LeBron James with respect, wise-cracks: “Can he jump as high as me?” — The Denver Post

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic named NBA Western Conference player of the week for second straight time — The Denver Post

For the second straight week, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named the NBA Western Conference player of the week.

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic named NBA Western Conference player of the week for second straight time — The Denver Post

Jokic has 47 points, Nuggets end Jazz winning streak at 11 — FOX31 Denver

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray tossed the ball at Michael Malone in mild disgust. Will Barton urged Nikola Jokic to keep scoring until he reached 50 points. Jokic’s teammates wanted him to reach the mark much more than he did. He was just happy Denver ended Utah’s 11-game winning streak. “Hopefully, I’m going to score […]

Jokic has 47 points, Nuggets end Jazz winning streak at 11 — FOX31 Denver

Front & center: Nuggets big man Jokic steps up another level — The China Post, Taiwan

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic faced a situation he couldn’t pass, shoot or dribble his way through. The Denver Nuggets big man was befuddled by a simple yet complicated question: How does he define an NBA MVP? “I don’t know,” Jokic answered after a long pause. “Probably the best player in the NBA? The top scorer? I don’t know.”By any measure, the 7-footer who views himself equal parts center and point guard has definitely put himself in the early MVP conversation. After all, he is averaging a triple-double this season.Not only that, but he’s displaying an array of dunks — he’s never been known for his dunks — and a newfound aggressive shooting mentality that his coach certainly appreciates — and playfully takes credit.“I locked him in my office one day, and I beat him with a pillowcase filled with soda cans, and said, ‘You’ve got to score more,’” coach Michael Malone cracked. “He’s a great player. He’s playing at an MVP level.”Reserve point guard Monte Morris believes Jokic fully belongs in the same company as Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant and James Harden and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.Morris’ assertion is buoyed by the stats: Jokic is first in field goals this season, total assists, player efficiency rating and triple-doubles. His 46 career triple-doubles are already the most in team history.“He produces just as much, if not more, than anybody in the NBA,” Morris said. “I’m amazed every night.”And now Jokic is adding a rim-rattling element — dunks. The player from Serbia nicknamed “Joker” already has nine slams, which is a big step up considering he had 15 all last season, 11 in ‘18-19 and eight (along with a miss) in ’17-18. He even got called for a technical during a dunk this season, when he basically did a pull-up on the rim.“I just like the excitement the guys have on the bench when I dunk,” said Jokic, a second-round pick in 2014 who’s averaging 25.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 10 assists in ’20-21. “I dunk for them.”And they appreciate it. “Every game, he adds an inch or two on his vertical,” said forward Paul Millsap, whose Nuggets (7-7) begin a five-game trip Friday in Phoenix. “It’s unbelievable to watch. It’s great to watch a guy like that, a young guy, come to the gym every single day with his hard hat on, training and shooting. Even a guy that good comes in and works every single day.”Jokic, who turns 26 next month, tries to deflect the attention. The two-time All-Star simply prefers not to be in the center of it.“I know that they trust me. I know they’ve got my back,” said Jokic, who along with Jamal Murray was a big reason the Nuggets made the Western Conference Finals inside the NBA bubble last season. “It’s nice to hear something like that.”Or something like this, from Suns coach Monty Williams: “He’s a unique player in that there’s really no weakness in his game.”That’s partly due to the fact Jokic plays with a quarterback’s mentality. He sees the entire floor — evidenced by his full-court passes — and it’s why Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault put it in football terms in trying to defend him.“You want to pressure the quarterback,” said Daigneault, whose team lost 119-101 to Denver on Tuesday as Jokic had 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in just three quarters. “If you just let him sit back and pick you apart, that’s what he’ll do.”Before a recent game in Denver, Golden State coach Steve Kerr gave his rookie center James Wiseman a little encouragement in facing Jokic.“That Jokic is one of the best centers in the league,” Kerr said. “(Wiseman) will learn some hard lessons.”Wiseman did, too, with Jokic going for 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a Nuggets victory.“He’s got a lot of tricks,” Wiseman said. “I just had to make sure I paid attention every second I was guarding him.”About the only small quibble with Jokic this season has been his turnovers. He’s among the league leaders in that category, too.“The best players in the NBA have the ball in their hands a ton. Much is asked of them,” Malone said. “Nikola’s been phenomenal.”Which is why Morris campaigns for his big man: “He definitely should be highly talked in the MVP race,” Morris said. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Front & center: Nuggets big man Jokic steps up another level — The China Post, Taiwan