Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was in tears and openly emotional heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic while speaking about the 10 people killed in a grocery store by a gunman on Monday in Boulder, Colorado.
Malone named each of the 10 victims of a massacre that took place about 28 miles from downtown Denver.
“It looks like we’ve been here before,” Malone said during his pre-match media availability. “Obviously yesterday was another tragedy. Hope this is something that we can find a way to prevent this from happening in the future. And I think I speak on behalf of all of our team, our travel party, that our thoughts and prayers – which is never enough – but our thoughts and prayers are definitely with the Boulder community and all the families of the 10 innocent people who were murdered yesterday. .
“Rikki Olds, Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, Jody Waters and Police Officer Eric Talley, father of seven.”
He dedicated the game to families struggling with the consequences.
“I think we’re all fed up,” Malone said, fighting through tears when asked how he handled Monday’s tragedy. “That’s an understatement. I know, for me, you are so busy with work and basketball. … We are judged by wins and losses. … I apologize. … We are judged by wins and losses, but if you take a step back and put yourself in one of these families, how do you feel? It’s a game. It’s a game that I love. I have a passion for, but I think of Eric Talley and his seven children. This is what I am thinking about. I’m just heartbroken for them and for everyone. I hope that as a country we as a state can find a way to be better. “
He added, “I hope the players understand the tragedy that happened and what it means to us because we represent Denver, and Boulder is here with us.
“We still think of everyone and hope Boulder stays strong.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr also spoke about the recent violence in Boulder and Atlanta ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Kerr sat sternly in front of a black background with 18 names representing each of those lost in mass shootings over the past week.
Before Kerr started talking about basketball, he delivered another post about gun violence that strikes so close.
“Before you start, you notice the names behind me on the screen over there,” Kerr said. “These are the names of the victims in Atlanta and Denver over the past two weeks of the mass shootings we have suffered. I think it is first of all important to mention their names. They are human beings. These are people who have been lost, and the thought of the mothers, fathers and sisters, brothers, daughters and sons who are grieving at this time with the loss of the people behind me is simply devastating, especially as a result of what is only a common occurrence in our country and the inability of our officials and the government to do anything about it.
“I’m just sort of at a loss for words at this point. We cannot sit here and accept that we are going to allow our fellow citizens to mow each other down with weapons of war. It is the most disgusting thing that exists in our country. It’s ridiculous. It’s disgusting. It is devastating. There are so many people suffering out there that we have to do something about it.
Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was assassinated in Beirut while he was president of the American University of Beirut when Kerr was 18 and a freshman in Arizona.