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February 3, 2015 Updates

Afterward, with the doors open, Shaw talked to The Denver Post about tanking. "I think it's hard to try to lose, try to tank, try to go out there with guys who are competing with you and not compete back," he said. " It's harder to do that than to just put forth the effort in the first place." Shaw said he suspects his players may be trying to lose. "It just looks like you almost have to try to lose as bad, and in the way we've been losing," he said. "At that point, something gives. The decision-makers at some point are going to make a decision. And everybody is going to have to live with it. Then it's out of our control. The only thing I can control is doing my job to the best of my ability. And that's what I expect them to do. Do I feel like that's always been the case? No. Do I share responsibility in that? Yeah." Denver Post

What if the Nuggets lose? "At the end of the day, business is gonna go on, whether I'm the coach here or somebody else is coaching here," Shaw said. "Whoever it is, (the players) are going to still have a level of expectation in terms of giving an effort. Whether it's me or somebody else, or if it's the players we have or other players, there's that expectation level. And all I can do is try to do my best, do my job to the best of my ability every single day. And I hope I get that back in turn. And it hasn't seemed to happen that way. But I'm not hiding. Everything that I say to them, I say to you. And I get advised sometimes not to be so honest with you guys. But I don't have anything to hide. I'm not running from anything." Denver Post

Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly told the Post's Benjamin Hochman that he has no plans to make a coaching change. "Brian has been dealt a very difficult hand, but we're an organization that's process-oriented, we don't make emotional decisions," said Connelly, who was at the Nuggets' practice Sunday. He added that the Nuggets are being very aggressive looking for roster changes. Denver Post

"Brian has been dealt a very difficult hand, but we're an organization that's process-oriented, we don't make emotional decisions," Connelly said. "Certainly none of us are happy with the lack of success we've had thus far. But we're firmly behind Brian, and we are hopeful we can quickly get back on the right track." Denver Post

January 28, 2015 Updates
January 27, 2015 Updates

Can he withstand another grueling stretch of rehab after fighting his way back from Achilles and knee injuries that kept him out all but six games last season? "It's just a matter of if he wants to go through it all again," Denver Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw said Monday night before his team played the Clippers at Staples Center. "I don't think that you can put anything past him." Los Angeles Times

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he plans no changes to the team's new shootaround policy after point guard Ty Lawson's arrest last Friday. "I didn't just wake up one day and say 'We're just going to move shootaround back' with nothing behind it," Shaw said. "There was research done. There were studies. There's science behind sleep patterns, recovery time. It had nothing to do with alcohol or hanging out or anything else. And so I've been slowly but surely studying some of these things and talking to some of the leading researchers in the area." Denver Post

January 26, 2015 Updates
January 19, 2015 Updates

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

January 14, 2015 Updates
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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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