SAN DIEGO — For two quarters of Friday’s intra-squad scrimmage, it was the young guns — not the veterans — who made waves.
Inside the Nuggets training camp at the University of California San Diego gym, the white team featuring Bol Bol, Bones Hyland, Feku Campazzo, Austin Rivers, and Jamichael Greene made it to the more senior squad of Monte Morris, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, and more. , PJ Dossier and Jeff Green.
Although media was only allowed for the final six minutes and not much live action information, much of the postgame talk revolved around Bol and his renewed energy.
“I think Bol Bol had really good camp and consistent camp,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone. “When people ask me about Bol, it is never that he is talented enough. The thing is, is he ready to do small things and stick to his effort… within three, four days. After all, whatever it has been, I think Bol’s effort has been really good.”
However, Malone quickly pointed out that for a youngster trying to crack the rotation, the effort should be a constant.
Dozier, whose team couldn’t handle the pace crafted by the Highland-Reverse-Campazzo trio, when asked what he saw from Bol in San Diego.
“He’s like a unicorn, you don’t see a lot of them,” Dozier said. Like Malone, Dossier cited mindset as the biggest factor holding Bol back.
If this has changed, and Bol’s attitude has changed, there is a chance he can do his job in a matter of minutes. If nothing else, it might at least turn the perception around Denver’s smallest unicorn.
Green has been in Boll’s corner since coming to Denver. Every time he is asked about breakout players, without fail, Green cites Boll. Given his pedigree as a seasoned, blue-collar defender, there couldn’t be a better role model in the locker room.
Instead of texting Bol to come to the gym for an extra workout, Greene said he told her straight to his face what he expected of her.
“Bol Bol is going to get it this year,” Green said. “I’m on him because we need him.”