Really cool all-access piece on Michael Malone’s Denver Nuggets from Adrian Wojnarowski’s “The Vertical.” The article takes you inside the Nuggets coaching staff/organization for two days as they prepare for a mid-January game with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Kids are so different today. You have to build them up,” said Malone, recalling a conversation he had with Gregg Popovich before taking over Sacramento. “Make sure they know that you love them, because if they don’t think you love them and you do that [get overly critical and negative], you lose them like that. I think that goes a long way. Some players may think, I am just an asset. I am just a position. I am just a stat. Whereas if you want to get the most out of them, you have to get to know them.”