Nuggets Notes: Demoff, White House, Gordon, Jokic

Kevin Demoff, president of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, was named president of team and media operations for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment on Thursday, meaning he’ll oversee the Nuggets and Colorado’s other KSE-owned teams,writes The Denver Post’s Bennett Durando.

The Nuggets’ basketball operations won’t be affected by the move, however. The Nuggets currently don’t have a president of basketball operations over general manager Calvin Booth and it will stay that way, tweets DNVR Sports’ Harrison Wind. However, Demoff will “be in the room” for decisions, according to Wind (Twitter link).

Initially, there’s not gonna be hardly any change. We’re just going to be including Kevin in certain conversations,” Nuggets governor Josh Kroenke said. “… Calvin has done an unbelievable job since he stepped in (after) Tim Connelly’s departure a year and a half ago now.

Demoff’s responsibility to the Rams will not change, according to Durando, and he’ll be in both Los Angeles and Denver. A new practice facility for the Nuggets is part of KSE’s future planning, but there were no specific updates Thursday.

We have more from the Nuggets:

  • The Nuggets, one game out of first place in the West, are solely focused on achieving the top spot in the conference, TNT and Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes reports (Twitter link). As part of keeping their focus on that goal, they’re not visiting The White House as defending champions after the visit was rescheduled from January to March 18, one day before a crucial matchup with the Timberwolves. Haynes emphasizes the decision was made purely from a basketball standpoint.
  • Denver prevailed in a potential NBA Finals preview against the Celtics on Thursday, and superstar Nikola Jokic recorded a 32-point, 12-rebound, 11-assist triple-double in the victory. As ESPN’s Tim Bontemps writes, the Nuggets were relentless in exploiting Boston’s mistakes, with Jokic easily finding Aaron Gordon for backdoor lobs when facing double teams. Gordon was effusive in his praise of Jokic after the game. “He’s the center that I’ve always, the player that I’ve always dreamed of playing with,” Gordon said of Jokic. “He’s someone that sees the floor, someone that is super unselfish. And I think he likes just the fact that he can just throw it anywhere and I’ll go get it.
  • Jokic sustained a minor injury against the Celtics, but it isn’t expected to cause any issues. Dealing with a right arm contusion, Jokic is listed as probable for Denver’s Saturday matchup against the Jazz, according to Wind (Twitter link).
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