Jamal Murray aims to represent Canada in Paris Olympics 2024 following NBA return after long injury layoff

Jamal Murray, one of the Denver Nuggets’ finest players, has remained a valuable player to the franchise despite being haunted by a devastating injury this new season. The point guard’s potential while winning a handful of awards and accolades, which include an NBA ring and the NBA second rookie team among others.

Amidst Murray’s return after a lengthy absence from the court, the star PG has recently expressed his intentions of playing in a forthcoming prestigious tournament, which necessitates a peep at his on-court performance.

Jamal Murray wants to play at Paris Olympics 2024

After securing a bronze medal in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the Canadian men’s national basketball team will have NBA champion Jamal Murray on their roster, as he has recently disclosed his intentions of joining the team. During a media talk following the Nuggets’ game against the Toronto Raptors recently, Jamal Murray disclosed his desire to play for the Canadian Olympic team next summer in Paris.

When reporters at Scotiabank Arena asked Murray about his intentions of playing for the Canadian roster, he said, “For sure, we’ve got a lot of guys ready to compete for a gold next summer.”

NBA ring winner Jamal Murray envisage representing Canada in 2024 Paris Olympics despite a short return to  following NBA return after recovering from long injury layoff
Jamal Murray Via Getty

Meanwhile, Murray, after winning the 2023 NBA title with the Nuggets before the start of the FIBA World Cup earlier in the year, stated that he wouldn’t be participating in the tournament, despite having a handful of training camp activities with the team. However, after a brief turnaround time before the tournament, Murray opted for a rest and recovery due to another strenuous push throughout the summer.

Furthermore, the Canadian team without Murray performed impressively, beating the Americans in the bronze medal matchup and securing a novel berth in men’s basketball at the Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. Again, star player Shai Gilgeous Alexander was selected for the World Cup All-Tournament Team, and he is highly expected to partner with Murray next summer.

Nevertheless, Murray’s 2015 achievement with the Canadian team is considered the best, when he led the team to a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, on a team that also featured fellow NBA-renowned star Dillon Brooks.

Jamal Murray’s performance after returning from injury

Jamal Murray made a return to the Nuggets’ squad against the Houston Rockets last month after missing out on 11 games with a hamstring injury, while he was sidelined for most of November. Following Jamal Murray’s return against the Rockets, he influenced his team’s victory by a score of 132-124, as he finished the game with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting 28.6% from the field in 22 minutes of play.

NBA ring winner Jamal Murray envisage representing Canada in 2024 Paris Olympics despite a short return to  following NBA return after recovering from long injury layoff
Jamal Murray Via Getty

Since the return of Jamal Murray to the Nuggets‘ roster, the team has gone on a 5-3 record and is currently ranked 3rd in the Western Conference. However, Murray has gone on to feature in seven more games so far, with his last matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Despite an injury setback this season, Jamal Murray still had a progressive 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists to inspire the Nuggets’ 113-104 win against the Raptors.

Nevertheless, many believe that the lengthy absence of Jamal Murray caused the Nuggets’ poor outing in the just-concluded in-season tournament. Again, without Murray, the team went on a poor 7-5 record in the season. The Nuggets will only hope that Jamal Murray stays healthy and fit through the remainder of the season to help them secure back-to-back NBA championships.

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Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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