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It wasn't long after the start of Brian Shaw's postgame news conference following the Nuggets' loss to Minnesota on Saturday night that Denver's coach pointed a finger of blame at himself. "I'll take some of the grief for trying to work Randy Foye back into the lineup and figure out when and who to play Jameer (Nelson) with as well," Shaw said. "I probably threw everybody off a little bit in terms of the rotational minutes that they had been playing, just trying to figure that out." Denver Post

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But rather than fighting his players' urge to stay out late, Shaw is allowing his players to sleep in. Instead of holding a shootaround in the morning, he asks the players to arrive at the gym later in the afternoon and stay for the night's game. "I'm not going to lie, I'm loving (the afternoon shootaround)," Lawson said after a recent game. "I don't understand getting up at 7:45 a.m. to do shootaround when you're not going to remember it, and you're still tired ... . I'm liking this." ESPN.com

Still, if you talk to coaches around the league, you'll find some pushback on Shaw's moves. Understandably so. Shootarounds hold players accountable and help them go to bed at an earlier hour. Also, there's an idea that if players sleep in, the coach is submitting authority to the players. Job security is an important element here. It's no coincidence that Gregg Popovich and Rivers have been most radical in this department. With front-office power, their jobs aren't on thin ice. ESPN.com

January 6, 2015 Updates

"Honestly, I expected him to be more vocal," Shaw said. "He hasn't been that. He's kind of been shy or bashful in the locker room, to be honest with you. He hasn't really said a whole lot. But he comes in and he does his work on the floor and tries to lead by example. Maybe he's still trying to fit in with this group and doesn't want to step on anybody's toes or whatever. But we need some toes to be stepped on by someone at some point." Orlando Sentinel

January 4, 2015 Updates

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and the decision-makers in the team's front office are experimenting with abolishing the traditional shootaround as we know it. It would be replaced by players getting to the arena an hour earlier than usual — around 3 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game — and going through opponent preparation then. The Nuggets did not have a shootaround Saturday before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Pepsi Center. "I'm going to experiment with it, I think, for the rest of the season and see how it works," Shaw said. "Even if it doesn't translate into wins and losses, just if our energy and our focus and everything is better." Denver Post

January 3, 2015 Updates

Whether you think Shaw deserves to stay or needs to go, there is indisputable disinterest from a fanbase that was largely skeptical from the moment Karl was fired. That may be one reason that, according to two NBA sources, the name to keep an eye on in the unlikely event the Nuggets move away from Shaw would be Mike D'Antoni. D’Antoni’s system is an entertaining, fast-paced attack that inspired the book, :07 Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns by Jack McCallum. His tenure in Phoenix included a record of 253-136, two appearances in the conference finals and Coach of the Year honors in 2005. If declining consumer interest is a concern to ownership as one would expect, D’Antoni’s philosophy could help in that area. ESPNDenver.com

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“He got those 26 points going after offensive rebounds every single time. And probably four times, I would say tongiht, the ball got volleyballed around and it fell right in his hands and he was able to put it right back up and in. But that was just because he put himself in the right place by being in there in the first place. That’s what I want him to take away from that.” Faried seemed to hear loud and clear, and even he admitted the talk went a long way helping him regain his swagger on the court. “It helped me. I can’t even lie, it helped 110 percent,” Faried said. “We went to the back and had a conversation. He had some stuff he wanted to say, I had some stuff I wanted to say, and we came to an agreement. Now it helps just ease my mind and I can just go play my game. It is now more just like ‘go play my game and everything else will follow.'” Denver Post

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SI.com: Is the team and Brian Shaw on the same page? Ty Lawson: "I think so. At the end of the day, Brian just wants to win. We are all trying to figure out a winning formula. We all want to bring a championship to Denver. We want to run, but we have to have a little bit of both. In the playoffs, we have to slow it down. We have to execute in the half court. I like both styles. And we are versatile with our players. I like half-court basketball. You can hit them with action, decide where you want to go. I never played like this before." Sports Illustrated

And unlike his brash talking as a 17-year-old senior, Bryant did not share this standard with teammates. “Kobe never spoke of trying to surpass this guy or that guy. He just worked every day,” said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, Bryant’s former teammate and assistant coach. “It’s not an accident he’s as good as he is. It didn’t just happen. He put in the time.” Now that he has, Bryant believes he has achieved something besides adding fuel to the comparisons with Jordan. Bryant carved his own identity. “We’ve had different career paths,” Bryant said. “But I feel a great sense of accomplishment having to carry on the two-guard legacy from Jerry to Michael to myself.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 8, 2014 Updates

Do the Nuggets need help at reserve point guard? Maybe so, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said on Monday. "Especially with Nate (Robinson) out and Randy (Foye) out, we don't have another guy to get us into our offense and run things for us," Shaw said. "So, that's something as an organization that we're going to have to think about - having another point guard or adding another point guard or something to our roster where, because if anything happens to Ty (Lawson), we're in trouble. It's as simple as that." Denver Post

November 24, 2014 Updates

Despite denying it, Kobe Bryant considers it highly important to pass Michael Jordan's career scoring mark. So says one of Bryant's closest ex-teammates. Bryant is only 218 points from passing Jordan for third on the NBA all-time list after scoring 27 on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. "I think that he'll probably just say that it's just another milestone, but it's obvious that Jordan was somebody that Kobe idolized and looked up to," said Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw, who won three championships with the Lakers while helping mentor a barely 20-something Bryant. "I think that would be one of the things that's right up there, when you can kind of get at the same level or surpass somebody of that magnitude and somebody that you patterned your game after. Whether he says it or not, I personally feel that it would be one of his greatest accomplishments." Los Angeles Times

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