A repaired culture and strong bonds with Denver’s young stars: Why Michael Malone earned a contract extension

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Michael Malone inherited a fractured Nuggets locker room in 2015. Denver had fired Brian Shaw three months prior to Malone's arrival, and the Nuggets were looking for a culture-setter to lead Denver through what was set to be a difficult rebuild without a clear-cut franchise player.

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