Jamal Murray was always going to a difficult situation for the Denver Nuggets. He managed his ACL at the end of the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season. A one-year rehabilitation would bring him back on the court just in time for the 2022 playoffs, which would be inconvenient.
I’ve been arguing since the injury that the wisest course of action is to rule him out for the 2021-22 season. It m focus on next season, and give Jamal more time to recuperate.
However, this has not been the case. The Denver Nuggets haven’t ruled him out for the year with only two weeks left in the NBA season. Jamal loses a little more time getting back into game shape and recovering his footing before the playoffs with each game that passes.
Jamal is “not close” to returning, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post. Also, the Nuggets may send him back down to the Grand Rapids Gold for more training sessions.
There are some conflicting claims within The Denver Post, but to add to the intrigue, ESPN’s Zach Lowe suggested Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray. It could return this season based on his sources.
Jamal Murray and his agent, as well as the Denver Nuggets front staff, are the only two possible sources of information for the reporters.
The fact that the Nuggets haven’t publicly ruled out Jamal Murray returning this season. Even though the season is nearly over indicates that they’re hopeful. We all know Jamal is one of the tough competitors in the NBA. And thrives in a playoff setting, but would he want to return if he wasn’t fully healthy?
Jamal returning if he wasn’t 100 percent would be “dumb,” according to Nikola Jokic. The best player in the world right now and in desperate need of support in the playoffs.
After some in the media thought that Jamal could come in and play a restricted. Possibly bench role for the Nuggets in the playoffs, Jamal responded with this comment. Is the juice worth the squeeze if he’s not healthy or fit enough to perform his usual starting role?
What impact would Jamal’s comeback have on the rest of the team? This version of the Denver Nuggets has been together for the entire season. Also, looking for a rhythm and a successful rotation alongside MVP candidate Nikola Jokic. What would it mean for Monte Morris, Bones Hyland, and Bryn Forbes if Jamal makes it back to his prior role?
When Jamal returns next season (at the earliest), those guys had all lost minutes. But how would they feel like players who helped seal a playoff berth (for now) before losing their role shortly before the season’s end? Is it possible that the squad would be better off finishing the season the same way it started?
There are a lot of things to ask about this team. But it all boils down to what Jamal Murray wants to achieve at the end of the day. Is Jamal interested in returning as soon as possible to make a run in the playoffs? Does he want to concentrate on next season after he’s fully recovered?
Due to a lack of information regarding what both parties will do, there are conflicting stories concerning his health and likely return to court. Whatever choice they reach, I hope they will inform us as quickly as possible.