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Rudy Gay Tweets ‘Could Have Been the Kings’ as Nuggets Close Series

Aug 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shoots against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Visa Athletic Center.
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In a memorable first-round series, the Nuggets beat the Jazz in game seven of the first round in the Western Conference playoffs. Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell were the stories of the round, both putting up huge numbers. Spurs forward Rudy Gay tweeted after the game in reaction to the Nuggets win.

The tweet is in response to the Kings firing Mike Malone in 2014, who is now the coach of the Nuggets.

Coach Malone was cherished by the Kings’ players. They started the 2014 season with a 9-6 record, and franchise player Demarcus Cousins cited Malone as the reason for their success. For someone with a temper like Cousins, the fact that he was able to gain the trust of Malone was huge for the organization.

Malone getting fired was the beginning of the Kings’ roster going downhill. They soon traded future MVP candidate, Isaiah Thomas, before eventually trading Cousins. This tweet from Gay matches how all the Kings players feel about what they could have achieved if Mike Malone had stayed.

Members of the 2013/2014 Kings roster responded to Rudy Gay’s tweet agreeing wholeheartedly with Gay’s views.

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