Nuggets break out championship belt on second day of training camp

Posted at 11:29 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 01:29:39-04

The Denver Nuggets continued their 2019 Training Camp Wednesday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

After shaking off the rust, Mike Malone's team looked crisper and with a heightened sense of focus on their second day on the court.

"Yesterday we had a lot of turnovers, we were very sloppy," Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said. "We didn't cut well, today it was a lot better the energy was really really good. I can see improvement."

For the first time this season, the team also brought out the highly coveted championship shooting belt, given to the player with the best field goal performance on the day. Guard Malik Beasley took home the early honors and was almost unstoppable from the floor on the afternoon.

While the team has had some fun, there's also a serious component to their early practices. After a 54-win season and earning the Western Conference's No. 2 overall seed, Malone said the team has to learn how to be the "hunted" for the first time. A new role for most of the youthful talent on this Nuggets team.

"We know what our goal is, we're more locked in, more focused," Nuggets guard Gary Harris said. "Last year there was a lot of speculation, people didn't know how good we were going to be, how good we were going to do. This year we know we're good and teams are gunning for us. We've all been locked in and ready for that."

Denver will wrap their training camp on Saturday and open their preseason schedule next Tuesday (10/8) at Portland. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.