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Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray looked like he was in good basketball shape and was ready for his long-awaited return to the court when speaking to HoopsHype at a New Balance event at a local Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas.

When Murray returns to action at the start of this season, it’ll mark 18 months since we last saw him on the court following his ACL tear.

“It’s been a learning experience and a test of patience,” Murray told HoopsHype. “Everything happens for a reason. I learned a lot, and I’m excited to be back out there.”

Murray, 25, appeared on the cusp of a potential All-Star berth while averaging career-highs across the board in 48 games during the 2020-21 season. However, the Canadian guard is as focused on being a leader for the team as he is a playmaker when asked what he’ll bring to the team in his return.

“A championship mindset, a winning attitude, and raising everybody’s level of play,” Murray replied. “That’s what I do best.”

Following the Will Barton and Monte Morris trade for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smithfree agent additions of Bruce Brown and DeAndre Jordanand extensions for Caldwell-Pope and Jokic, what are expectations for the Nuggets this season?

“We have a whole new team, so I don’t really know,” Murray replied.

Despite the roster changes, one thing will certainly remain the same. “I feel like Jokic and I will do most of the work,” Murray added.

The dynamic duo will remain together for the foreseeable future following Jokic’s max extension with the Nuggets.

“He’s incredible and deserves every single penny,” Murray told HoopsHype. “I think everyone knows that. Maybe he can do a three-peat (MVP). You never know.”

For more injury updates on Murray and Michael Porter Jr. plus other Nuggets updates, check out the latest HoopsHype podcast with beat writer Mike Singer by clicking here.

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