Arturas Karnisovas, who was recently promoted to General Manager for the Denver Nuggets, just appeared on the latest episode of The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix. They covered a wide range of topics, including Karnisovas career as a player for the Lithuanian team and Seton Hall, his experience playing against the Dream Team, and of course, his thoughts on the Nuggets.
Of particular interest were Karnisovas’ comments about Denver acquiring Paul Millsap, including his fit alongside Nikola Jokic and the importance of his role as a leader to the Nuggets’ young layers:
“Well, it’s very exciting first of all to have [Millsap], and it seems that [he and Jokic] are very complimentary to each other. Paul can shoot from three, he can pass, he’s very skilled. At the same time, he’s been a four-time All-Star, and somebody that we didn’t have in our locker room. Again, you have a lot of young guys in that locker room – from Jamal to Emmanuel, Gary’s twenty-two, Nikola is twenty-one. So there are a lot of young players there, and they need that kind of guidance, and I think he’s going to add a leadership role there besides his skill set. So I think we’re going to be very versatile offensively. Again, from being very good offensively most of the year, we’re going to have to figure it out defensively and schematically to be better.”
Listen to the podcast in its entirety on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix here.