‘Just Let Basketball Express Myself’: Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray Reveals How He Adjusted in NBA

Published 12/24/2020, 6:40 AM EST
December 12, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) passes the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Alen Smailagic (6) during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


When you think of breakout stars from the 2020 NBA season, more than a few names might pop into your head. But narrow it down to the NBA bubble in Orlando and think of the most emerging player. And there is one name that stand outs among the other, and that is none other than Denver Nuggets‘ Jamal Murray.

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The Canadian athlete is on cloud nine right now since he is everyone’s cup of tea, and the belle of the ball. The reputed SLAM magazine is also capitalising on his newfound fame. They named him their cover athlete for their annual issue.

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Jamal Murray on his introverted nature

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Murray would hoop for ‘hours and hours’ as a 3-year-old. In 2015, he moved to Kentucky, USA to feature in the NCAA tournament and further his chances of making it to the NBA.

And in his own words, he is not the type of guy who talks or interacts a lot. Rather, he prefers to let his game do all the talking for him. He said, “I’ve adjusted a little bit, coming from Canada as well, different country, being alone. I just let basketball express myself. Not many people know me or talk to me or I give them the time of day to have a full conversation but when you see me on the court… When I’m playing well, that makes me happiest the most.”

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets becomes frustrated while speaking to Jamal Murray (27) during the second half of the Nuggets’ 116-111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, October 29, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the New Orleans Pelicans at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Murray on what inspired his play in the bubble

The 6 ft 4 inch guard has an arsenal that other players playing the same position in the league might envy. He can post-up, dribble his way to the rim at will and hit catch & shoot threes with ease. And it all seemed to come together in the bubble.

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Averaging 26 points per game on 50% shooting throughout the Playoffs, he almost single-handedly took apart the Utah Jazz. Watching him and Donovan Mitchell go back and forth was a sight to behold.

“Just being in the bubble, being on lockdown, not being able to have any distractions and just focusing on game-to-game and with everything going on, I just felt like I didn’t have to think or do anything but play basketball,” Murray said.

Aug 30, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) celebrates with teammates Gary Harris (14) and Michael Porter Jr. (1) after making a basket while being fouled against the Utah Jazz during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic is not the only center of attention in Denver. And this is music to fans who want the Nuggets to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy. Maybe this NBA superstar is the one to lead them to it.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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