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Nikola Jokic continues wait to join Nuggets for NBA season re-start

Nikola Jokic continues wait to join Nuggets for NBA season re-start

09/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29943589

Nikola Jokic has yet to join his Nuggets teammates for the NBA season re-start and is “not en route” to Orlando as of Wednesday morning, general manager Calvin Booth said.

Booth, formally introduced as the Nuggets’ GM on Tuesday, spoke to reporters on a teleconference call from the NBA bubble and said about 3/4 of the team’s traveling party had arrived — not including Jokic.

“We’re trying to work out the logistics right now,” Booth said. “He’s not en route as far as I know. I think he’s waiting just to get a proper flight and get out here. I think he’s feeling good about his situation and is ready to go.”

Jokic contracted coronavirus last month and has since re-tested negative for COVID-19, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post.

The Nuggets’ season is scheduled to resume August 1 against the Miami Heat. Booth said the team is “not concerned at all” about Jokic’s availability and that he is “excited about joining the bubble and his teammates.”

Jokic tested positive for coronavirus in late June while visiting his home country of Serbia and self-quarantined. Per the NBA’s health-and-safety protocol, Jokic was required to report consecutive negative tests in Serbia, and two more in the United States, prior to receiving travel clearance with the Nuggets.

Jokic averaged 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the NBA season.



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Broncos’ O-line dips slightly in annual preseason rankings

Broncos’ O-line dips slightly in annual preseason rankings

08/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29943259

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Denver Broncos offensive line coach Mike Munchak working with offensive linemen Garett Bolles (72) and Dalton Risner (66) in the first half of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Oct. 17, 2019.

If the Broncos’ offensive line was porridge, Goldilocks would find it to be just right. While middle of the pack isn’t bad, it’s also not great.

Pro Football Focus rated Denver’s line as the 14th best in the NFL going into the 2020 season — a two-spot drop from the 2019 preseason. PFF projects Denver’s line to consist of left tackle Garett Bolles, left guard Dalton Risner, rookie center Lloyd Cushenberry, right guard Graham Glasgow and right tackle Ja’Wuan James.

“The Broncos were quietly solid up front last season, though things will look much different in 2020 with two starters moving on and right tackle Ja’Wuan James returning after playing only 63 snaps. It wasn’t always pretty at left tackle, where Garett Bolles’ 45 penalties are the most in the league over the last three years,” PFF’s Steve Palazzolo writes.

He adds: “Denver has viable options on four-fifths of the line — even with the question marks involved in starting a rookie center, they should rank near the middle of the pack once again in 2020.”

Indianapolis scored the No. 1 spot on the list. As for the AFC West, the Raiders (No. 11) and Chiefs (No. 12) landed slightly ahead of Denver and far ahead of the Chargers (No. 30). Bringing up the rear are the Dolphins at No. 32.

Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post


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Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets reacts to swatting the ball out of bounds in favor of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Nikola Jokic, after negative COVID-19 testing, not with Nuggets as they head to Orlando, source says

Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic re-tested negative for COVID-19 but has endured ongoing travel complications as the rest of the team flew to Orlando on Tuesday, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post. Read more…

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Jesús Tinoco (32) wears a mask during practice as the Rockies workout at Coors Field on July 6, 2020 in Denver.

Newman: MLB’s COVID-19 testing stumbles to start summer camp a red flag for 2020 season

Reality is already taking the shine off MLB’s “summer camp,” as three teams canceled their workouts to start the week — and other teams had push practices back or hold various players out — amid delays in coronavirus testing results. Read more…

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Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black pitches batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field Sept. 30, 2017.

Rockies: Teams that handle coronavirus best have best chance to win in 2020

Steel Vengeance is the world’s longest hybrid roller coaster. The thrill ride at Cedar Point, Ohio, features twists and turns, a 200-foot drop at 90 degrees and 74 miles per hour, and “four heads-over-boots inversions through wood, steel and mayhem.” Which, in a roundabout way, brings us to the Rockies’ truncated 2020 season. Read more…

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Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen congratulates head coach Mike Shanahan after the Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 14-10 in 1998.

+ Mike Shanahan voted to Broncos Ring of Fame; will be inducted during 2021 ceremony

+ College football in the spring? CU Buffs coach Karl Dorrell says it’s been discussed

+ Rockies’ Carlos Estevez poised for big leap forward in 2020

+ Racing returns to Colorado National Speedway, where “what’s normal is not normal

+ Calvin Booth named Denver Nuggets general manager

+ CU Buffs’ La’Vontae Shenault arrested on DUI charge

+ CU Buffs men’s basketball crossing fingers for July 20 workout date

+ Fryer: Jimmie Johnson finds voice during last NASCAR season

+ Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to hold Florida social event amid coronavirus

+ Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse



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Newman: MLB’s COVID-19 testing stumbles to start summer camp a red flag for 2020 season

Newman: MLB’s COVID-19 testing stumbles to start summer camp a red flag for 2020 season

08/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29942289

Reality is already taking the shine off MLB’s “summer camp,” as three teams canceled their workouts to start the week and other teams pushed back practices or held players out amid delays in coronavirus testing results.

Meanwhile, in Denver, spring training 2.0 is proceeding as planned, and manager Bud Black said he doesn’t have any qualms about baseball’s re-start despite red flags around the league.

“It’s unfortunate (the testing delays) happened to a couple clubs, and I’d be bummed if it happened to us on a given day and we were hoping to get on the field and couldn’t,” Black said. “In the short term, I think things will get figured out rather quickly.”

Forgive this reporter — a baseball diehard who wants to see the game as badly as Nolan Arenado wants to play it — for not quite believing Black’s sunny disposition regarding the league’s early “summer camp” stumbles.

As the NBA prepares to navigate the complexities of a bubble-style format to conclude its season, MLB boldly believes flying teams to play at ballparks around the country will work, even as COVID positive tests surge nationally — and as the league is relying on one lab in Utah to expedite testing for thousands of players and coaches.

This pandemic, which to date has claimed the lives of more than 130,000 Americans, is far too serious for “summer camp” to be used as a figure-it-out phase. If that continues to happen, there will be no opening day come July 23.

As Cubs all-star Kris Bryant pointed out to Chicago media on Monday: “I know there’s going to be hiccups, but you just can’t hiccup with this.”

Eight MLB players have opted out of 2020 so far, including Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, and Bryant is far from the only star still playing who has serious doubts. The game’s best player, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, said last week he still doesn’t “feel comfortable,” and MLB’s early testing glitches surely aren’t easing players’ concerns.

In a statement Monday, MLB blamed “unforeseen delays” in testing on the July Fourth holiday weekend and said the league does “not expect a recurrence” of such delays. The Cardinals, Nationals and Astros canceled Monday’s workouts because of the issue. MLB said that “95% of the (3,740) tests under the Intake Screening period have been conducted, analyzed and shared with all 30 Clubs.”

But that still doesn’t explain the irregularities in testing across the league — testing which is now supposed to be happening on an every-other-day basis. While Black said he’s been tested twice since Saturday, and gotten each result within 48 hours, players are saying testing protocols haven’t been followed uniformly across the board.

“We’ve had guys here that showed up (June 28) and haven’t gotten tested again eight, seven days later,” Bryant said. “And then you don’t get the results for two days either, so that’s nine days without knowing. I think if you really want this to succeed, we’re going to have to figure this out.”

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts told local reporters that he “still (has) doubts” the 2020 season will work, and that “we got camps being shut down and people going three and four days without tests, (so) you just don’t know what’s going on.”

What’s going on is a league that put the cart before the horse. Owners and players spent months arguing over the financial piece of the season, unable to come to an agreement before Commissioner Rob Manfred mandated a 60-game schedule on June 22. Now a season is finally on the horizon, but Monday’s schedule release came the same day, fittingly, that cracks began to show in the league’s “summer camp” plan.

Black said with all that’s going on, and with all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, he is keeping his focus on baseball.

“I mean, you think about (the possibility of not getting to opening day), but again, I quickly get the doubt out of my mind because we have so much to do here to get ready,” Black said. “So, you know, I try not to let that (possibility) consume me. There’s enough to consume us here with the preparation and the work that we have to do.”

Rockies fans should like Black’s laser-focused approach. But they, along with all who are hoping for a seamless MLB season this year, shouldn’t get their hopes up too high. As Athletics reliever Jake Diekman told the San Francisco Chronicle following delays in Oakland’s testing, “I feel like deep down, every player has it in the back of their mind that this is all going to fall apart.”

I feel the same way every time the Rockies report to Coors Field for the riskiest sports “summer camp” yet.



https://www.denverpost.com/2020/07/07/mlb-covid-testing-red-flag-2020-season/
Calvin Booth named Denver Nuggets general manager

Calvin Booth named Denver Nuggets general manager

08/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29942186

The worst-kept secret in the Denver Nuggets’ front office was finally revealed Tuesday, as the franchise announced Calvin Booth as its next general manager.

Booth replaces Arturas Karnisovas, who left this spring to take a job as executive vice president of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls. Booth had long been rumored to be Karnisovas’ replacement, but it wasn’t official until Tuesday.

“Calvin is one of the brightest basketball minds in our league,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said in a news release. “We are very fortunate to have him as part of our organization and are extremely excited for his new role.”

Booth has spent three season with the Nuggets after being hired as assistant general manager in 2017.

The 44-year-old played a role in the drafting of Monte Morris, Michael Porter Jr., Bol Bol and Vlatko Cancar., according to the franchise, as the Nuggets ascended to Western Conference contender status during his time with the team.

Booth previously spent four seasons working in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office (2013-17), starting as a scout before rising to the level of director of player personnel. He was also a scout for the New Orleans Pelicans from 2012-13.

The Penn State product had a 10-year NBA career with seven franchises, appearing in 366 games with averages of 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He was drafted 35th overall in the 1999 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards after a four-year run at with the Nittany Lions that saw him named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year in 1998.



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Nikola Jokic, after negative COVID-19 testing, not with Nuggets as they head to Orlando, source says

Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic re-tested negative for COVID-19 but has endured ongoing travel complications as the rest of the team flew to Orlando on Tuesday, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters last week that the “hope and expectation” was Jokic would be with his teammates for their arrival at the NBA’s bubble to resume the season. However, a team spokesman on Tuesday declined to comment on Jokic’s location or whether he was on the team plane.

It does not appear Jokic’s long-term health is a concern. Last week, Malone said: “From everything I’ve heard and talked to him; he feels great, he feels fine and is excited to get back.”

Jokic tested positive for coronavirus in late June while visiting Serbia where he had since quarantined.

The NBA required Jokic to report two negative tests from Serbia, and twice more back in the United States, before being cleared to travel with the Nuggets, according to the league’s health and safety protocol.

Jokic averaged 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists before the season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.



https://www.denverpost.com/2020/07/07/nuggets-nikola-jokic-coronavirus-travel-orlando/
Precious Achiuwa to the Nuggets? Fox Sports’ NBA mock draft has forward coming to Denver.

Precious Achiuwa to the Nuggets? Fox Sports’ NBA mock draft has forward coming to Denver.

07/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29941671

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Precious Achiuwa (55) of the Memphis Tigers and C.J. Walker (14) of the Oregon Ducks battle for position during the first half of the game at Moda Center on Nov. 12, 2019 in Portland, Ore.

The NBA draft is still four months away, but the Nuggets could be getting another strong late pickup.

Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa is projected to go to Denver with the No. 21 pick, according to Fox Sports’ Jason McIntyre’s NBA mock draft.

“Two front court players are free agents — Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee — and Achiuwa could be the ideal power forward alongside Jokic,’ McIntyre writes.

The 7-foot Achiuwa averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a freshman for the Tigers last season. He has been projected to get selected earlier in other mock drafts, such as NBC Sports (No. 11), CBS Sports (No. 13) and Bleacher Report (No. 13). But it would follow Denver’s trend in recent years after picking up Michael Porter Jr. and Bol Bol far later than many draftniks had expected.

Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post


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Broncos Mailbag: Which veteran addition will surprise fans this year?

Broncos Mailbag: Which veteran addition will surprise fans this year?

07/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29941672

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the offseason.

You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter.

Heading into this new virus season, are players preparing to play the whole season or is this going to be like the NBA and stop in the middle of the season? I’m hoping we can set a schedule and a possible Super Bowl run!

— Richard Lopez, Camarillo, Calif.

The company line from the Broncos and every other team in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB should be: “We’re prepared for everything and won’t be surprised by anything.”

The worst-case for the NFL is the season doesn’t start all, but starting on time and having to halt the season in mid-November (or any second-half-of-the-season date) is a close second.

What the folks at the NFL office should have in their minds and on paper is: 1. What is the latest date they can start in order to play a full season? 2. If the season is interrupted, how long do they wait?

The NFL should be OK playing into mid-to-late March because that will only delay the start of free agency. The league has wiggle room to complete a full season even if they don’t start until mid-October or have to hit the pause button in November.

Which Broncos player do you think will surprise us — a free agent who has a great year or a veteran who has a bounce-back season? Or could it be a rookie or a second-year player who shows significant development? Candidates I see include Jurrell Casey being a force, Von Miller having a huge resurgent year, KJ Hamler being a return man/speed receiver threat or Dalton Risner turning into a Pro Bowler.

— Joe G., Sacramento

Joe asked the question and also offered some potential answers.

New acquisition who could surprise: Cornerback A.J. Bouye and only because he’s an unknown to Broncos fans. The lack of offseason practices meant no reporting of how he’s grasping coach Vic Fangio’s scheme and how he is developing into a leader. I expect good things from Bouye.

Veteran who will have a bounce-back season: I addressed Von Miller in last week’s mailbag and predicted at least 10 sacks. Instead of Casey, I picked running back Melvin Gordon, whose 2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers was derailed by a holdout that didn’t end until Week 4.

Second-year player who will show significant improvement: I expect a big jump in big plays for tight end Noah Fant. He should benefit from the attention the Broncos hope is focused on receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler.

Rookie who has instant impact: Jeudy is too easy of a pick so I will go with third-round cornerback Michael Ojemudia. He will get a chance to play major snaps.

Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ quarterback through the 2020s after his new 10-year deal (through 2031). If you were the general manager of the Broncos, what would you do to counteract Mr. Mahomes’ monster offense: Build a big-time offense or create the league’s best defense?

— Mike, Denver

A reminder: Mahomes is 5-0 all-time against the Broncos (1,307 yards, eight touchdowns, three interceptions, a 103.4 rating and one dislocated knee-cap). After the Super Bowl, I thought a Mahomes extension would be in the $400 million range ($200 million guaranteed). The final numbers exceeded those guesses.

The Broncos showed their hand this offseason by loading up on offensive skill-position players (running back Melvin Gordon in free agency and receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the draft). Yes, they want to contain the Chiefs’ fast-break offense, but John Elway also knew he needed to give quarterback Drew Lock help to keep up with the Chiefs.

But Elway didn’t ignore the defense, either, by trading for cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive end Jurrell Casey, but also re-signing defensive end Shelby Harris. Last year, he gave safety Kareem Jackson big money.

Saw a question about nicknames in last week’s mailbag. I suggest Drew Lock’s offense be called the “Denver Flight Zone” like the “No Fly Zone” for the 2015 defense. I have been a fan from the beginning (1960) and I remember most of the past players. This may be the best overall team they have had. I think Denver is now a team no one wants to play.

— William E. Laffen, Umatilla, Ore.

For those interested like me, Umatilla is located along the Columbia River that makes up part of the Washington-Oregon border, 235 miles southeast of Seattle and 180 miles east of Portland.

I like the “Denver Flight Zone,” nickname as a play on the “No Fly Zone” during the 2015 Super Bowl-winning. One emailer suggested “Lock and Loaded,” which isn’t bad, either.

The Broncos probably love William’s optimism, but the championship teams in 1997-98 and the 2013 AFC title team would like to have a word with him about the talent of this year’s team. The Broncos’ first Super Bowl team had five Hall of Famers in the starting lineup (quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis, tight end Shannon Sharpe, left tackle Gary Zimmerman and safety Steve Atwater).

But yes, the Broncos, if they are able to produce more takeaways and have a consistent pulse offensively, will be a tough out for any opponent.

Ryan, how about “The Magnificent Seven” for the nickname you are seeking for these seven guys on the Broncos’ offense? Cheers.

— Allan Tremblay, Edmonton

This name isn’t bad and would fit if the Broncos’ core of seven offensive skill-position players — quarterback Drew Lock, running backs Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay, tight end Noah Fant and receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler — have a spectacular regular season. But a good attempt.

The Broncos’ Mailbag will return July 22.



https://www.denverpost.com/2020/07/07/broncos-mailbag-veteran-surprise/
Lunch Special: Phillip Lindsay starting more games than Melvin Gordon? Bet on it

Lunch Special: Phillip Lindsay starting more games than Melvin Gordon? Bet on it

07/07/2020, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 29940717

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla discussed all things Denver sports in a live Lunch Special chat Monday. Here’s what he had to say:

Which of the Broncos offensive players do you think will have the biggest year?
— HGD23

Kiz: Well, if any Broncos offensive player gets to play a full 16 regular-season games in this year of the virus, I think we should all stand up and cheer. But who will have the biggest year? The easy answer is Courtland Sutton, who has established himself as the go-to man in the passing game. But want to start an argument? Go with Phillip Lindsay. John Elway gave his money and his job to newcomer Melvin Gordon. Let me tell you: Doubting Lindsay has seldom been a smart play. I’m going to go out on limb and say Lindsay starts more games than Gordon in 2020 (provided there is a 2020 season, of course).

Saw the article on Broncos fans attending games and who gets in. For me as a season-ticket holder, I hope they offer full refunds for fans who choose not to attend games! I don’t want to be placed in a lottery, because I will not go anyways! Think they’ll offer refunds for ticket holders like me?
— Joe

Kiz: The Broncos are counting on fans in the stands when the team opens up on (late) Monday Night Football against the Titans in September. In the age of COVID-19, the reality of what’s normal or safe can change quickly. So can I predict how many fans will be in the stands in September? My optimistic guess is 20,000. On pessimistic days, I think the number will be zero and we’ll be lucky to have any football in September. But every fan that wants to opt out of this season should be able to do so without penalty … with the same courtesy that has been offered players in pro sports that have health concerns.

Who benefits the most with Ian Desmond sitting out this year? Do you think we’ll see a big opportunity for a young guy like Sam Hilliard or Garrett Hampson?
— Cyrus

Kiz: I am bullish on Sam Hilliard. For the Rockies to have a chance to be a surprise member of the playoff field, I think Hilliard needs to have a breakthrough season. And I think that’s possible. The easiest, most direct way for any team in almost any sport to make noise beyond expectations is by young talent taking a step up. On the other hand … Matt Kemp? Are you kidding me? Yes, Kemp has some great career stats at Coors Field, from back when he was in his prime with the Dodgers. But if Kemp is supposed to be the answer for the Rockies, then my question is: When does football season start?

How do you think MLB managers will use their pitching staffs over a 60-game sprint?
— Brad Pitt’s ugly cousin

Kiz: My jaw dropped when Kyle Freeland said Sunday that he hopes to pitch five innings in his first start. I love K-Free, but can’t see that happening. The abbreviated summer camp and a 60-game sprint to the playoffs will invite managers to use great creativity to maximize the effectiveness of the pitching staff. The stuff we’ve seen from Milwaukee will be copied. And maybe advanced through experimentation. I think the possibility for pitching-staff innovations makes for one of the more intriguing story lines of this 2020 major-league season.

There has been a handful of MLB players opting out of playing this year because of the COVID thing. I have heard that the closer we get to playing that more and more players will opt out. Will this year put a tarnish on whoever wins the World Series due to teams having star players opting out (BTW I do not consider Ian Desmond a star)?
— Seriously?!?!

Kiz: I like this question, because the issues of season integrity has fascinated me during the discussion of baseball, basketball, football and every other sport that has been forced by COVID-19 to adjust. My bottom line: I don’t think any champ from the 2020 season deserves an asterisk. Quite the opposite: I think any team that navigates the uncertainties and emerges victorious deserve badges of honor.

But I think this debate brings up another interesting question: At what point, if stars fall ill or decide to opt out during the course of the season, does MLB or the NBA or NHL decide to call the whole thing off. A complete hypothetical: Suppose LeBron James decides the NBA bubble in Orlando is no longer safe and goes home? In that scenario, I think there might be a pretty good chance many, if not most, players in the league would walk out with him.

If you gave Karl Dorrell truth serum, do you think he’d tell you he’d be just fine with the Buffs not playing football this fall?
— Macho Nacho

Kiz: Now that’s a very interesting idea. My first reaction: Football coaches want to coach and compete. So without access to Karl Dorrell’s deepest, most private thoughts about the 2020 season, my guess is he wants to get out there with the Buffs and play. But, at the same time, I readily admit it might be far better for CU’s won-loss record and his long-term job security if this season was pushed into 2021 or skipped altogether.

So between the drama around pay for the season, the total lack of parity between teams (related to the pay drama), and a refusal to allow streaming without a cable subscription, baseball’s lost me as a fan. I think the streaming issue is going to cost them a generation of new fans, and the pay issue is turning off more and more existing ones. Do you think either side is worried about the long-term fanbase, or just the short-term buck?
— ExFan

Kiz: Baseball is not my favorite sport. My upfront admission irks many people who love the game. I get that. But through my critical lense, baseball is so steeped in tradition that it has failed to evolve in ways that would make the game more appealing to customers in the 21st century. For example: I think a universal DH and reducing the number of innings from 9 to 7 would not only pick up the pace of games, but also go a long way toward elimination of what I find to be one of the game’s more tiresome current attributes: middle-relief pitchers, a job held by pitchers not good enough to start or close the game.

Nuggets still can’t get no respect. No respect at all.
— Rodney D

Kiz: Respect? The Nuggets are a fun team. But at this point, the Nuggets are not a legit championship contender. Here’s hoping they prove me wrong.

Outside of Courtland Sutton, which of the Broncos’ young pass catchers do you have the most confidence in having a big year in 2020?
— Jokers Wild

Kiz: Jeudy, Jeudy, Jeudy! While not as crazy impressed with John Elway’s 2020 NFL draft as many local and national analysts that do far more draft research than I do, I think the pick of Jerry Jeudy was spot-on.



https://www.denverpost.com/2020/07/06/lunch-special-denver-sports-live-chat-with-mark-kiszla-56/
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