4 Months After “Lakers’ Daddy” Remark, 52YO Nuggets Coach Responds to Anthony Davis’ Warning for Nikola Jokic and Co: “They’re Still Worried About Us.”

Published 10/05/2023, 5:30 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are the only two teams to win 17 championships each. In fact, the Lakers have a better record compared to the Celtics in this modern era of basketball. That is why it would be hard for them to forget the “Laker Daddy” taunt from the team that had won only one championship in its existence. Anthony Davis, who is not the most vocal superstar, speaking about it, shows the level of pent-up rage in the Lakers.

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For the Nuggets, this could be the wake-up sign from their revelry. But their coach seems to be underplaying it wisely.

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Mike Malone, the coach of the Denver Nuggets, understands that every team in the league would have used the past four months to study them and prepare for them. With his superstar duo, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in their prime, it is incumbent on him to prepare his team to set them up for success. It is wise of him to assuage any flammable situation that might come up in the nascent stages of this season. Mike Malone’s “They’re still worried about us,” comment displays that exact approach. Please find the video below.

While the Nuggets are being friendly and mellow, the Lakers need every ounce of energy and fire to gear up for a grand take-off to this season. LeBron’s twenty-first season would require every bit from every player on the team to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Unlike last year, the Lakers do not have that ‘we don’t have enough talent’ complaint to deflect a slow start either. So, Anthony Davis’ revealing his discussion with LeBron James, and their intention of going after the Nuggets, has that much significance.

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Who brings the second wind for the Nuggets?

It is almost funny that Bruce Brown was taken so lightly despite his exploits for the Brooklyn Nets. In the playoffs, it was this much-underappreciated guard that kept the Nuggets abreast in key games. Mike Malone understands that and never wanted to lose him in the off-season. But Bruce has moved on to encash his earned stripes.

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Who is going to be the go-to guy for the Nuggets this season when Jamal Murray is on the bench? They have to figure it out soon. While the Lakers already have clarity and new additions to counter the length of Mike Malone’s team. Let us hope that this rivalry answers the “Who is the daddy?” question soon.

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