Nuggets Notes: Bol, Porter, Millsap, Murray

Bol Bol hasn’t played in an official NBA game yet, but he’s the talk of Orlando after his performance in the Nuggets‘ first two scrimmages. Pressed into service because of Denver’s shortage of players, the 7’2″ rookie posted 16 points and six blocks in Wednesday’s game, then followed that with 15 points last night.

A foot injury ended Bol’s college career after nine games at Oregon and caused him to slip to the 44th pick in the draft. The Nuggets may gotten a steal with that pick, which Bol’s trainer, Julius V, believed all along.

“He has elite feel for the game,” he told Mike Singer of The Denver Post. “If he was 6’3″, he could be an elite point guard. … He’s one of those guys, regardless of height or size, he would be a potential NBA player because he has ball skills and feel. … The height makes him a unicorn.”

There’s more Nuggets news to pass along:

  • Coach Michael Malone is confident that Michael Porter Jr. can adapt quickly, even though he hasn’t worked with the rookie forward since the hiatus began, Singer writes in a separate story. Porter just arrived in Orlando a few days ago and hasn’t been able to practice yet because he’s been quarantined. “I’ve stayed in touch with him, I’ve talked to him,” Malone said. “From everything he’s told me, he’s in great shape, he’s stayed ready. So when he gets an opportunity relatively soon to start practicing and playing, I have no doubt that he’ll be out there in great shape. He’s young and he truly loves to play, he truly loves to work out. I don’t anticipate any real issues. Yes, it’s four months off, but I think Michael will have a very quick return to that playing mindset.”
  • Paul Millsap had to sit out Saturday’s scrimmage after missing a coronavirus test, tweets Rachel Nichols of ESPN. Under the NBA’s protocol for the Walt Disney World campus, he was required to be quarantined in his hotel room until he produces a negative test.
  • Point guard Jamal Murray was held out of the scrimmage because of slight tightness in his hamstring, according to Nichols (Twitter link). The Nuggets also rested Will Barton, who has a knee issue, and Gary Harris, who is dealing with hip pain.
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11 thoughts on “Nuggets Notes: Bol, Porter, Millsap, Murray

  1. wagner13

    Perhaps Bol Bol can be Denver’s secret weapon off the bench. Unfortunately, his frame and injury history will likely restrict his minutes

      • Manute Bol, 7’7″ played with a bunch of teams. Don Nelson used him as a secret weapon with the Warriors with Run TMC.

        Played for the Washington Bullets and I can’t remember who else. I think a few teams. During the 90s.

  2. Sillivan

    I think Nuggets will not resign Expensive Grant

    They have 22 million to spend on

    Should be enough

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Bol needs weight. He won’t last like that. And he has to play C. He was a nice pickup. But you have to do him right now. He has talent but has to get stronger physically.

    • wagner13

      I agree. Hopefully he can undergo a serious strength training program this offseason to even out his frame. Then the Nuggets can feel more comfortable about parting ways with Plumlee, knowing they have an internal option to backup Jokic

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