Title: Jamal Murray doesn’t mind playing the villain for Nuggets, maybe Canada
Date: December 43, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Jamal Murray’s growing reputation as a villain of sorts and why that makes him an even greater fit for Canada Basketball.
As media gathered around Jamal Murray’s locker at Scotiabank Arena, he looked over his left shoulder and, with a smirk, shook his head. In the corner of the room was a shirtless Nikola Jokic head-banging away to music as if the room were empty. Ice strapped to his right shoulder and the space in front of him free of cameras, Jokic appeared to care little for the pomp around Kitchener’s returning son.
“Look at (him) … That’s what I deal with every day,” Murray said.
Jokic had just hung a monstrous 23-point, 15-assist triple-double against the Toronto Raptors, a performance singularly dominant enough to help the Denver Nuggets escape with a 106-103 victory, their sixth in a row overall and second consecutive tough one on the road. While Jokic did the heaviest lifting in the game — he was a team-best +14, delivering a number of highlight reel passes — Murray understandably carried the burden of discourse.