Apr 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 137-107. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Kroenke says Shaw will coach Denver, not New York

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Nuggets President Josh Kroenke says that Brian Shaw will still be coaching the Denver Nuggets next season, not the New York Knicks as many reports have speculated.  Wojnarowski spoke with Kroenke on May 22nd and Kroenke told him,

“Brian has said publicly-and privately to us-that his desire is to be here, and we feel strongly about him as our coach.”

He also stated,

“I don’t foresee a scenario or circumstance where he’s going to be anywhere but with the Nuggets next season.”

Shaw has said that he wants to coach the Nuggets with their full, healthy roster because last season was so difficult with the number and severity of the injuries the team sustained to key players. The Nuggets also have the 11th pick in the draft and some trade leverage with a roster stocked with good NBA players.  So it makes sense that Shaw would want to give Denver another year with a healthy roster to see if he can get them back to a playoff team and a contender in the always tough Western Conference.  In addition to all of this, the Knicks do not have any draft picks to offer Denver for Shaw’s services until  their 1st round pick in 2018.  The Nuggets would not want to wait 4 years for a return on the trade and that makes it very difficult to see Shaw leaving Denver for the Knicks.

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