Head Coach Brian Shaw is coming off his first season, as the front man for the Denver Nuggets. Denver finished with a average record of 36-46 in Shaw’s first year, and missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. However, plenty of players such as Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Timofey Mozgov, Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller, all showed great improvement under Shaw this season. Also, Shaw managed to still almost win forty games in his first season, without three of the team’s best players. Danilo Gallinari, Nate Robinson and J.J. Hickson all missed significant time this season with torn ACL’s. The Nuggets also played with a little more edge if you will this season, under Shaw and I only expect that to boost the teams confidence going forward. Now with head coaching vacancies with both the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, Shaw’s name has been thrown out there as a possible candidate for both franchises. The first year head coach has ties to both teams, being a former assistant coach and player in L.A. with the Lakers, and coaching under former Lakers head coach and new Knicks President, Phil Jackson.
In a recent chat with Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Shaw stated his loyalty to Denver and how he has no interest in either opening. “I don’t have a take on the L.A. situation or the New York situation,” Shaw told The Denver Post. “I have a job here in Denver that I’m happy with. Though the season didn’t turn out how any of us would have liked, I’m happy where I am and I’m looking forward to coaching a full complement of healthy players. I’m not interested in doing anything than what I’m doing now.” Shaw again reiterated his loyalty to the Nuggets organization saying, “If it comes up, then it just comes up. My commitment is here. I’m not a disgruntled coach or anything like that. My loyalty to the Nuggets hasn’t swayed at all.”
I have been a big supporter of Shaw, since the Nuggets hired him last summer and still believe he is the right coach for this team. The fact that he has now publicly denied interest in coaching either the Knicks or Lakers, should put Denver fans at ease. The Nuggets may not have saw the immediate success they were hoping for in Shaw’s first season but, I have total faith Shaw’s attention to detail and constant drive to push to get the most out of his players, will eventually pay off for this franchise. Shaw has also shown he has his players back 100% and I believe the players, respected that more as this season progressed. I think the culture is changing for the better here in Denver and I look forward to many more wins with Brian Shaw as the leader of the mile high crew.