The Denver Nuggets have been one of the pleasant surprises of the young NBA season thanks to an all-time great passing big man in Nikola Jokic, the ever-underrated Paul Millsap, and the emergence of point guard Jamal Murray. It was Murray who sparked a beef with the Boston's Kyrie Irving after he took a late shot in an attempt to score 50 points during Denver's win over the Celtics last month, but last night, Nuggets coach Michael Malone showed he's not afraid to instigate a little as well.
After the team's latest victory, a 32-point blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers, Malone was asked about fans of some of the league's most popular franchises leaving the Pepsi Center disappointed. Here was his perfect response:
"Take that L on the way out." Woo!
Good for Malone. Sure, the NBA season is only a quarter over, but having a 14-7 record during any stretch while playing in the rugged Western Conference is impressive. And the Nuggets have already beaten two of the three pre-season NBA title favorites (Warriors and Celtics).
Keep doling out those "L"s, coach. And keep the juicy sound bytes coming as well.