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Denver poses a new challenge to last season's MVP, Philadelphia connects precisely against the backdrop of Simmons' disconnect, New Orleans is once again busy with Zion's injuries and weight. Summary of the night



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Jukic learns to lead, Ambide learns a lesson from Simmons, Williamson worries

Denver poses a new challenge to last season's MVP, Philadelphia connects precisely against the backdrop of Simmons' disconnect, New Orleans is once again preoccupied with Zion's injuries and weight: "Astonished by his appearance."

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  • Joel Ambide

  • Zion Williamson

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After a tremendous MVP season, Denver raises the bar for Nikola Jokic. According to coach Michael Malone, the team has challenged him to become a louder leader this season and set an example for the rest of the players not only through his work ethic, but also through conversations and briefings.



Tonight (Wednesday through Thursday), Jukic faced the challenge. This is not only his wonderful stat line in his 98-110 win over Phoenix with 27 points and 13 rebounds - but also his approach and the way he guided the team. "Obviously he continues to be the highest level star there is. At the beginning of his career he worked mainly on his body and his professional abilities, then he learned to deal with referees and the media, and now he has to take the next step. He is constantly improving, and I am sure he will succeed. ".



Denver is still missing Jamal Marie, another of the team's leaders, but Yukic and the rest of the players came into the game tonight with a special sense of alertness, after the Suns ousted them in a sweep in the last playoffs.

"It's hard for us against them, it's no secret," explained Jokic, who this time managed to overcome Diandra Eyton's defense.

"Today we found the tools to make it easier than usual."

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In Philadelphia the challenge is different: how do you concentrate on basketball when the procrastination around Ben Simmons engages the media in such a way? Ahead of the season-opening game against New Orleans, the Sixers players realized that a different move was needed, and met for a joint dinner - not including the suspended Simmons.



According to Joel Ambide, the solidarity meal contributed greatly to their convincing victory in the end, 97: 117. "It was nice to hang out with the guys and not talk about basketball, for a change. We talked about life, not about anything else," said the Cameroonian chin who scored 22 points and got a rest in the final quarter when the game was already decided. "I admit it's a development I have to go through with myself. Usually, when I have free time I prefer to spend it with myself, just stay in the room with the phone, and play video games. But the current situation requires other things from me."



The Sixers unite precisely as the detachment from Ben Simmons grows.

Doc Rivers also claims that "people think the chemistry on the team is not good, but in recent days I feel that the players are having a lot of fun with each other."

Ambide continued on the same line and added a sting to Simmons when he said: "The last two days we have been training really hard, properly. It's nice to start the season like this and forget about all the unnecessary things that are dealt with off the pitch."

Learns to know his friends anew.

Joel Ambide (Photo: Reuters)

Zion Williamson's health condition continues to plague New Orleans.

It now turns out the Pelicans will have to make do without their star for a few more weeks, while Williamson recovers from surgery on his leg.

"He's not coming back anytime soon," ESPN reported. "Just a few more weeks his condition will be re-examined. But because of his whole physical condition. "



The 21-year-old Williamson averaged 25.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in his two seasons on 60.4 percent from the field, but suffered a handful of injuries.

He missed the first three months of his rookie season due to a tear in his meniscus, and last season sat out 11 games due to a toe injury.

Bag weighing 140 kg. Zion, tonight (Photo: GettyImages, Jonathan Bachman)

But the problem is more complex, and the Bleach Report reported: "The league claims that the Pelicans did not even know about Williamson's surgery ... Since then he has reached a weight of 140 kg, and again worries the management.

"When he recently joined a trip with the team, people in the league were amazed by his appearance ... It's hard to recover from a leg injury when you are overweight."

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