The Denver Nuggets wrap up the preseason tonight at Chicago, which coincidentally is where we just hired our new NBA reporter from. Mike Singer joined The Denver Post this week to cover the Nuggets beat after spending the previous four years at USA Today. With the start of the regular season beginning next week, we thought it would be good for readers to get to know Mike with a little Q&A session.
You can also follow Mike on Twitter: @MSinger.
Matt Stephens: Why the Nuggets? Why this job?
Mike Singer: The Nuggets are a fascinating team. They’re young, hungry and teeming with unrealized potential. From a national perspective, Nikola Jokic doesn’t get the credit he probably deserves, but he’s a franchise centerpiece. He’s not as graceful as Giannis Antetokounmpo or as powerful as LeBron James, but Jokic’s subtle touches affect his team’s offense every bit as much as those superstars. There’s the ascendency of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, the unpredictability of newly-minted starter Will Barton and the veteran’s savvy of Paul Millsap. There are just so many layers to this team in their quest to return to the postseason for the first time since 2013. And that’s before we even get to Isaiah Thomas, the former MVP candidate who has everything to prove again while playing on minimum contract. There’s also the interesting story of injured rookie Michael Porter Jr., who has yet to prove himself despite his immense potential. For all of these reasons and more, covering the Nuggets this year was an incredible opportunity that I wasn’t going to pass up.
Matt: Before joining us at The Denver Post, what experience did you have covering the NBA?
Mike: Before I was USA TODAY’s NBA editor, I worked for CSNChicago.com where I covered the Chicago Bulls throughout the 2014-15 NBA season. That season ended in the conference semifinals as LeBron James’ Cavaliers upended the Bulls 4-2. (That was also before Jimmy Butler turned into the Jimmy Butler that has been in the news lately.) After that, while with USA TODAY, I covered the Bulls, my hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks in various capacities. I’ve covered the last three NBA Finals (though I wasn’t in Oakland for Game 7 when the Cavs completed their historic comeback in 2016), but I was in the building the last two years when the Warriors cemented their legacy as one of the greatest teams of all time. I’ve been extremely fortunate to travel while covering the NBA and can’t wait to continue to do so.
Matt: Any foods from Chicago you’ll miss living in Denver?
Mike: Don’t hold it against me if Denver does Italian beef sandwiches well, but they likely can’t hold a candle to the soggy, juicy, delicious sandwiches Chicago has to offer.
Matt: Is there a Nuggets story line you’re most interested in following this season?
Mike: I’m most interested in which players develop into leaders. Isaiah Thomas was brought to add a veteran voice, but he won’t be healthy for a little bit. I wonder …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports