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Mike Malone: If Nikola Jokic doesn’t make All-Star team, it would be ‘the biggest conspiracy since JFK’


Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has effusively raved about his star center Nikola Jokic. Without naming names, the helmsman addressed recent criticism of his center from TNT’s Charles Barkley, who said he didn’t deserve All-Star consideration due to his inconsistency.

“For those of those who don’t even think (Nikola is) an All-Star because [of] a lack of consistency, I find that hilarious,” said Malone, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Malone then proceeded to make another case for Jokic, this time ramping up the spice in his words:

“If (Jokic) wasn’t [chosen], this would be the biggest conspiracy since JFK. I’d have to find the Zapruder film,” said Malone. “There’s not many Nikola Jokic’s walking around in the NBA in my very humble, uninformed, ignorant opinion.”

Jokic has a great support system and one of his biggest believers in Mike Malone, who has vouched for his superstar’s consideration for the past few years. Lest not forget, it was Malone who insisted Jokic should start at center and it was him who pried out his competition in Jusuf Nurkic after many disagreements.

The 6-foot-10 Serbian did not make the cut as an All-Star starter but is a surefire bet to be among the top candidates to fill out the roster, even if he has struggled through some points of the regular season.

The Nuggets are 30-14 on the season and in fourth place in the West, giving coaches, players, and the media enough reason to select him as one of the chosen few to take part in the mid-February festivities.Rick Carlisle jokes he voted for Blazers’ Damian Lillard as All-Star even after he torched Mavs