Nikola Jokic one of the most “respected ruling MVPs”

The Nuggets took the Christmas nod personally.

It was just the latest example, in their eyes, of the NBA’s lack of respect for Nikola Jokic, last season’s MVP. It bled into national attention on Jokic, tales and perceived assumptions about Denver’s franchise superstar and made a remark Tuesday night that had no doubt been underway with Nuggets coach Michael Malone.

“We never take him for granted in Denver,” Malone said ahead of the Nuggets’ game against the Clippers. “I think he’s one of the more disrespectful ruling MVPs I can think of in terms of the attention he gets. If you open the dictionary and you look up the word consistency, there will be be a picture of Nikola there. And it goes back to the bubble. It goes back to a season of 72 games last year. And this year … “

While Malone may not admit it, he is also wise enough to know that such a will sounds louder when pronounced in Los Angeles as opposed to Denver.

Nor is he immune to what makes Jokic less attractive than, for example, LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“Nikola Jokic is not sexy,” Malone began. “He just is not. There is nothing about Nikola… (though) his wife may disagree…”

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