The Denver Nuggets' offseason was not even an hour old when Jamal Murray began to talk about all the ways he wanted to hone his game.
"I'm excited for this summer. I'm excited to get back in the gym, work on my body, work on myself and come back stronger next year," Murray said from the Target Center visitor's locker room after the Nuggets' overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the final night of the 2017-18 regular season. "We will not be in this position next year. We won't be in the ninth spot. I don't want to be fighting (for a playoff spot). I want to be locked into the playoffs."
The 21-year-old Canadian sharpshooter had just endured the toughest loss of his pro career, but all he wanted to discuss was what came next. He understood even during a difficult moment: good things are on the horizon for him and his teammates if they stay the course.