Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is eager to put on a show at NBA London 2017 despite a run of poor form.
The Nuggets are sitting outside the playoffs in the Western Conference this season in 10th. This was worsened further by the franchise’s 4 game losing streak, but Malone is eager to turn things around at the O2 Arena.
“We’re honoured to be a part of the NBA Global Games. Spending some time away it’s an opportunity to bond, build team chemistry and we hope that’ll translate onto the court.
“We’ve had an up and down season so far but we’re a young team and I hope this trip will help us come together more as a team which will be great for all of us.” Malone said.
“I’m not sure how many of our guys have been to London before so it’s an opportunity to come to a great city, a great country and for the team to expand their horizons and experience a different culture.
“I hope we’ll have time to enjoy the trip and have a bit of fun as well.
“Everybody’s excited [to come to London], the guests that are coming with us, my wife started packing about two weeks ago!
“We can’t wait to get there and we know we’re going to have a great time.”
One man who could scupper Malone’s team during the showpiece event is Paul George, Who’s been an integral part to the Indiana Pacers on both sides of the floor.
“We’ll have to have a lot of tactics to stop him.
“He’s a great player who is very versatile and he can hurt you in so many ways and any time you play against a player like Paul George, you need a team effort, so we’ll need to get into a rhythm and keep him off balance.
“He’s a heck of a player and I know that our guys are ready for the challenge.”
The Denver Nuggets host the Indiana Pacers at The O2 in London on Jan. 12 as part of NBA Global Games London 2017. The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS (www.nba.tv).