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Jeff Green returns to Denver with new team, but cherishing Nuggets championship run: “Something that’s forever”

If Nikola Jokic is making the rules, Jeff Green might be in for a rude surprise when he shows up at Ball Arena expecting his NBA championship ring Wednesday.

“He’s not getting it,” Jokic said with a sarcasm that would make Green proud. “… Yeah, he left us, so bye bye. No getting the ring.”

Jokic relented from his act a few seconds later, of course. How could the Nuggets not honor Green when he visits town for the first time as a Houston Rocket? The 37-year-old was part of Denver’s eight-man circle of trust during the 2023 playoffs and a vital cog whenever a team seeking its first championship needed uplifting.