Nuggets must give Nikola Jokic the keys to the franchise

The television cameras captured the growth during a timeout huddle. The moment came near the end of the Denver Nuggets’ 112-106 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, an all-or-nothing game that finished their season without a playoff appearance for the fifth straight year. There was Nikola Jokic, engaged in an intense conversation with his teammates.

He was not goofy or stoic. He was zoned in. It was the moment that should erase all doubt. Jokic is ready to be a star.

It’s been coming for weeks. There were reports that Paul Millsap talked to Jokic about needing to lead the team. It was clear that the coaching staff wanted this from Jokic. Everyone watching the Nuggets knew the potential was there. We were all just waiting on Jokic.

And he arrived.

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Originally posted on Mile High Sports

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