Zeke Nnaji knows his Nuggets role: “I want to be a lockdown defender”

Zeke Nnaji knows his Nuggets role: “I want to be a lockdown defender”

Joe Abunassar doesn’t want to hope for it. He also digs Zeke Nnaji too much to drop a baby wing on the child’s shoulders. Or set expectations that the first round of the Nuggets pick will have to lug around like a dead weight for…

Nuggets get no favors as “elite” defender Patrick Beverley returns for Clippers

Nuggets get no favors as “elite” defender Patrick Beverley returns for Clippers

There wouldn’t have been any sympathy from the Nuggets had the Clippers entered their second round with a shorthand. After an emotionally draining 3-1 comeback, Denver had one day to transition from the pick-and-pop style of the Jazz to the Clippers battering ram. Not only…

Gary Harris’ clutch Game 7 stop saves Nuggets’ season: “He’s the best defender I know”

Gary Harris’ clutch Game 7 stop saves Nuggets’ season: “He’s the best defender I know”

Gary Harris’ offense can wait. After nearly six months away from NBA basketball, thanks to the COVID pandemic and a nagging hip injury, it would’ve been foolish to expect his rhythm to return, in an elimination game in the playoffs no less. Instead, over the…

Galaxy’s Nick DePuy settled in at new defender position

Galaxy’s Nick DePuy settled in at new defender position

Nick DePuy’s Major League Soccer career began as a first-round selection in the 2017 SuperDraft by the Montreal Impact. Unfortunately, things didn’t go smoothly in Canada for the Irvine native. “I was drafted as a forward with Montreal and my stint in Montreal was a…

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