Denver Nuggets rising star Jamal Murray is feeling strong and healthy following a successful offseason surgery to repair a double sports hernia.
Jamal Murray put together an impressive rookie season. All one has to do is glance at his per-36 projections and see that he made quite an impact in the 82 games he appeared in. But in truth, Murray’s season was more than just impressive, it was jaw dropping. The former Kentucky Wildcat played through the entire season with a double sports hernia.
The injury hampered Murray throughout the entire season as he played through great pain at times. He was still able to show flashes of greatness and showed great explosiveness for a guy who wasn’t even close to full health.
Murray is headed into his sophomore campaign and hopes to be named the Nuggets starting point guard for the season opener in Utah on October 18th. I sat down with him after practice on Wednesday. I asked him how his body is feeling and how he’s handling that point guard position battle.
DID: First things first man, how’s the body feeling?
“Body feels great. Just getting back into two-a-days and all that. I just got to make sure my body’s right and I’m feeling good.”
DID: Do you feel 100% right now? How nice will it be going into the season closer to full strength?
“Yeah it feels good, you know? Just some things I obviously have to keep up with regarding rehab and all of that. But, its been great and I had a lot of down time to think about the season and what I want to do.”
DID: How’s the point guard situation been so far after the first couple days of camp? How do you think you’ve performed in the first few practices?
“I think its fine. We’re a team and we’re just trying to get better everyday and I’m not focused on coming off the bench or starting. Of course I want to start, but we got to focus on winning and getting this team better so it starts with practice.”
DID: What’s that dynamic like? You’re competing for a spot, but you guys are all still teammates and you all have that one goal: winning basketball games.
“I think the quicker we put that behind us and put less care into worrying about that and focus on that I think we’ll be a better team. So everyone’s just trying to do their part and make this team better and we’ve been improving day by day.”
The explosiveness and scoring ability that Murray flashed in year one was just the tip the iceberg. He will have another full season to improve, only this time he won’t have a double-sports hernia holding him back. The sky is the limit for the Nuggets young guard.
There’s still a point guard battle to be had between Murray, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Jameer Nelson. But the star potential Jamal Murray brings to the court may be too hard for coach Malone to pass up. Dig In Denver’s got you covered as this position battle develops.