By Eurohoops team / firstname.lastname@example.org
Newlywed Nikola Jokic spoke to reporters during his media availability Thursday, discussing how some still don’t see the Denver Nuggets as title contenders, and how the team “doesn’t care” about the fact they don’t receive the appropriate respect.
“Even now, they are talking about how Clippers lost, they don’t think about how Nuggets won. We don’t care that nobody gives us some kind of whatever, respect. We’re going to be there. We were in tough situations last year. We fight. Just [because] someone doesn’t give us respect doesn’t mean that we take their opinions. We know what we are capable of”, Jokic said. The Nuggets erased a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference semifinals last season, kicking the Los Angeles Clippers out of the playoffs in spectacular fashion.
“To be honest, I don’t care about Lakers,” Jokic said when asked about trying to keep up with the reigning NBA champions who have added Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell, as the Nuggets lost Jerami Grant, Torrey Craig and Mason Plumlee while adding JaMychal Green and Facu Campazzo in this free agency. “They’re going to be good probably anyway. About us, I like it. I think sometimes change is really good for the team. Just to bring some new energy, new guys, new individuals, I think it’s going to be interesting and I’m looking forward to see how we’re going to be”.
“I don’t know how we’re going to be. Are we going to be better? Are we going to be worse? I’m just looking forward to see how we’re going to do this season in all these weird times (with COVID-19).”
Below the full interview of Jokic: