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Grading the Week: Michael Malone’s biggest test to begin season? Trusting rookie Bones Hyland

If Michael Malone has one blind spot, it’s that he can’t always see the rookies sitting on his bench.

As we learned with Michael Porter Jr. two years ago — and Zeke Nnaji a year after that — the Nuggets coach doesn’t always have the stomach to sit through the inevitable mistakes that come with giving young players consistent minutes.

That’s why the Grading the Week staff is here to make this solemn plea before the season tips off next week: Please, Coach Malone, give Bones Hyland all the time he needs to work out the kinks.