HoopsHype Brian Shaw rumors

February 25, 2014 Updates

A new, potentially harmful narrative arose out of a couple of radio interviews Nuggets coach Brian Shaw conducted this week — one that he hates his roster and vice versa. Not true, he insists. “I can’t remember who it was that asked me yesterday; he said ‘Would you have taken this job with the roster, if it was just the guys who are healthy and playing right now would you have taken this job?’” Shaw said. “I said, after interviewing for head coaching jobs as many times as I did, 11 times prior to this interview, and not getting a job, I said ‘Yeah, I most likely would have taken it.’ But the expectation and everything else would have been different, knowing if there wasn’t going to be Gallo, JaVale (McGee), Nate (Robinson) for half the season and the situation be what it is. “So, no, I don’t hate the roster. What I hate is having to beg guys to play. That simple. That shouldn’t be a part of what coaching should be. And circumstances are what they are. None of us asked for it.” Denver Post

February 24, 2014 Updates

"In light of (NFL draft prospect) Michael Sam coming out with his announcement, there's more attention brought to the situation," Shaw said. "But Jason Collins has been a pro for a long time. He's played with most of the guys that have been in the league for a long time. Him coming out when he came out ... I don't think was a surprise to a lot of people. "I always view a basketball team or league as a subset of society anyway. Somebody's sexual orientation shouldn't come into play. If they're trying to win, if they are not trying to force whatever their beliefs are on you, it shouldn't be a problem." Denver Post

February 18, 2014 Updates
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With eight days remaining until the trade deadline, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he'll refrain from offering any input about what his franchise should or should not do. "I think that with all that I'm dealing with in terms of coaching the team, I'm just going to concentrate on coaching the guys that are here and available to play," Shaw said. "That's on (general manager) Tim Connelly and (assistant general manager) Arturas (Karnisovas) and (team president) Josh (Kroenke) and those guys. I don't even try to pretend the numbers and the salary cap and restrictions that you have from doing this and doing that." Denver Post

"So, going forward, I can say, okay well I know at this position we need more depth or we need more defensive minded perimeter guy to be able to guard these kinds of situations, whatever the case may be. And then going forward, now I've given some input. But still, it's not my money being spent. I've always said from Day One I really just want to be concerned about coaching. Whatever I'm given to work with, I'll work with and try to coach them up the best that I can." Denver Post

February 11, 2014 Updates
February 10, 2014 Updates

Before Frank Vogel and Pacers officials met with Andrew Bynum and Bynum’s agent over dinner on Jan. 31, a Friday night, Vogel made a phone call to a former assistant. That call was to Denver, where Brian Shaw is in his first year as the Nuggets head coach. He was preparing to play the Toronto Raptors that night. “Gave them my two cents on Andrew, and what have you,” he said. “I woke up the next morning to see that they had signed him.” Prior to being Vogel’s right-hand man for two seasons in Indy, Brian Shaw was an assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers for Bynum’s first six seasons in the league. Shaw, a player’s coach and a former player himself, has a great feel for people so who better to get a pulse on the Pacers’ newest addition than Shaw? Pacers.com

“When Andrew is healthy, first and foremost, which he hasn’t been most of his career — but when he is healthy, he’ll be able to help this team out a lot because he’s a load out there on the floor,” Shaw said after he finished holding shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “He can rebound, he takes up space, he can protect the rim, he can score inside and he’s also a good passer. That’s No. 1. “I think a lot of stuff that’s out there about him — he’s a good guy. He’s not a bad guy. I think he’s been in some situations when he hasn’t really respected the coach and the program that he’s been under. I know that in his personal life, he’s dealing with some things with his mom and so he’s kind of been a little distracted, which could be expected with what he’s dealing with. Pacers.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was asked if the Nuggets had reached out to Andre Miller for a possible return, given the team’s dire need for a reserve point guard with Nate Robinson out for the season after ACL surgery. The short answer? No. There won’t be any reaching out from our end,” Shaw said. “I think we’ve operated and done everything that we’re supposed to do. So, if there’s any reaching out that needs to be done I think the reaching out has to come from him to us." Denver Post

January 31, 2014 Updates
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Looking for work after seven seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaw was preparing for an audition as an analyst with ESPN in 2011 when Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel invited him to Indianapolis for an informal interview. “You’re not an analyst,” Vogel told Shaw. “You’re a basketball coach.” During their visit, Vogel touted everything from the area school systems to the championship potential in the Indiana locker room. Needless to say, Shaw never boarded his flight to Connecticut. “He talked me into it,” Shaw recalled Saturday before the Nuggets faced Vogel and the Pacers. “We both could help each other out in that situation. Everything worked out well.” NBA.com

By bringing Shaw to Indiana, it was an opportunity to repay a debt from six years earlier when Vogel was looking for an opportunity after the Philadelphia 76ers made changes to their coaching staff. Shaw was with the Lakers when he got a call from longtime friend Lester Conner, who was an assistant with Vogel in Philadelphia. Conner asked Shaw if the Lakers could use Vogel as an advance scout on the East Coast. “Sight unseen, just off of Lester’s word, I went to (Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak and (coach) Phil Jackson and said, ‘Can we think about hiring this guy?’ For $200 a game, he scouted all our East Coast opponents. That kept him involved, kept his name out there and so he always reminds me, ‘You threw me a lifeline and I threw you one.’ It worked out well.” NBA.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson didn’t question too much on being passed up for the vacant head-coaching job last year that went to Mike D’Antoni. Instead, Jackson admired Lakers late owner Jerry Buss for his decisiveness, including being proactive in drafting Magic Johnson in 1979, which led to the Showtime Era. Q: How about Buss’ son? Phil Jackson: “I think Jim is kind of feeling his way. He doesn’t really know all of the ramifications of basketball,” Jackson said. “I think one of the things that Dr. Buss did, was he left a lot of basketball decisions to basketball people and then he would make the final [call].” Los Angeles Daily News

One of those calls Jackson disagreed happened after retiring in 2011. The Lakers hired Mike Brown over Jackson’s lead assistant Brian Shaw. Brown led the Lakers to the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City, but he was fired five games into last season. Shaw landed his first head coaching gig this season with the Denver Nuggets. “They should have given him [Brian Shaw] the opportunity to have that job, but that’s not my decision,” Jackson said. “That’s where Jimmy Buss wanted to make that decision. I don’t know where [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak] was behind all of that, because Mitch kind of sits behind that decision making.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 14, 2014 Updates
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January 12, 2014 Updates

“It’s interesting, [Danilo] Gallinari’s father was at shootaround and I played against him in Italy,” Shaw said. “And Danilo, he remembered. I ended up playing with Kobe Bryant’s father and I ended up playing with him and coaching him. The guys don’t remember. It’s just like a parent. We don’t understand the fashion. We don’t understand the music. I remember my parents saying the same thing about myself and my sister when we were growing up. It comes full circle. You just have to have patience and keep hitting them over the head with it, and hopefully at some point they get it and they pass it on when they deal with the next generation.” Boston Globe

January 10, 2014 Updates

And it took all of them to get the 101-88 victory accomplished because Durant, for a big chunk of the game at the Pepsi Center, was a one-man wrecking crew. He distorted the Denver defense from the opening tip, sucking in defenders and putting foul after foul on the players attempting to guard him. But even in the NBA, where one player can lift a team to victory, Durant needed much more help than he got. His 30 points lit up the scoreboard, but the Nuggets (18-17) made sure no one else hurt them. That's how they walked away with their fourth consecutive win and went back over .500 for the first time since Dec. 23. "We're in a good place right now," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "We just want to keep riding this momentum that we have right now." Denver Post

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