HoopsHype Brian Shaw rumors

November 24, 2013 Updates

Next stop, 8,000. Nuggets point guard Andre Miller moved into sole possession of ninth place on the NBA’s career assist list Saturday night when he threw an alley oop to Wilson Chandler in the second quarter of Denver's game against the Dallas Mavericks. It was Miller’s 7,988th assist in 15 NBA seasons, moving him past Rod Strickland. Miller is one of only eight players in NBA history with at least 15,000 points and 7,500 assists. “I think he has been one of the most underrated point guards since he he's been in the league,” Denver coach Brian Shaw said. “He's a guy that just has always got the job done and has always been effective. To last as long as he has is one thing, but to be moving up the ladder still at this stage is a great accomplishment for him.” NBA.com

November 18, 2013 Updates

As if those horrific, life-altering circumstances weren’t enough, Shaw tells HBO Sports that he couldn’t help but feel that he played a direct role in the accident, that his parents — a mechanic and a daycare provider — would still be alive if he hadn’t purchased the car that Shaw’s father was driving as a gift to his family, and if he hadn’t purchased the Las Vegas house the family was driving to on that night. “I said to myself, ‘If I hadn’t bought the house down there they wouldn’t be goin’ down there,’” Shaw says. “If I hadn’t got my father a new car they would o’ just flown down there — I ran over every scenario in my head. … At the time, you know, I just beat myself up over it.” SI.com

Even now, more than 20 years later, Shaw says he seeks comfort in the personal belongings of his deceased family members. “I kept a couple articles of my father’s clothing, my mother’s as well as my sister’s,” he tells HBO Sports. “And — every once in a while I just go get ‘em– and just place the garments over my face, over my nose and I just feel like their essence is still in it. And then I put it back until the next time I need a dose of it again.” SI.com

The ordeal has influenced Shaw’s basketball life too. He remembers the Lakers’ title feeling “bittersweet” because he couldn’t share the accomplishment with his parents, like his teammates, and he recalls trying to stave off a potential “physical altercation” between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant by reminding them that life is too short for unnecessary animosity. “Well [the death of my family] came up,” Shaw tells HBO Sports, as he describes serving as mediator between the two warring teammates. “I brought that up and I talked about that making the most of the time that you have. Imagine what it would feel like if you got along and just worked hand-in-hand.” SI.com

November 13, 2013 Updates

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw expected to talk with Faried about it all prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Lakers. The coach is no stranger to trade talk and being traded himself. Shaw was traded four times in his career. Shaw called the Faried-to-New York trade rumor “exactly what it is; it’s a rumor.” Denver Post

November 12, 2013 Updates

Wilson Chandler's season debut has been pushed back to Wednesday. The Nuggets forward was hoping to get his first game action of the season Monday against the Jazz. Chandler said he was ready to play, but the Nuggets' medical staff wasn't convinced and put the kibosh on it for another couple of days. He has missed every game this season because of a strained hamstring. "We will be conservative with him," coach Brian Shaw said. Denver Post

November 10, 2013 Updates

The sense among coaches is that front offices are minimizing their importance, beginning to see them as interchangeable. When it has come time to reward coaches who have won, teams have shown reluctance, and, in two notable examples, chose to replace a successful coach with a younger, cheaper alternative. That happened in Denver, where reigning Coach of the Year George Karl was let go when he could not come to an agreement on a contract, replaced by Brian Shaw. It happened, too, in Memphis, where Dave Joerger took over for Lionel Hollins after Hollins led the team to the conference finals. Neither Shaw nor Joerger had previous head coaching experience. Sporting News

November 3, 2013 Updates

After two games and seemingly a million lineups, player combinations and headaches that have accompanied it all, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is considering, well, another lineup change. This one deals with the starters, and mostly boils down to the power forward spot, where he's pondering whether it's time to get Kenneth Faried back among the opening five. "There'll probably be some changes," Shaw said. "At this moment, I'm not at liberty to really say. We'll have two good days of practice (Saturday) and Monday to kind of figure that out. Definitely (we) are going to have to inject some more energy to start out the games." Denver Post

October 22, 2013 Updates

Multiple sources around the league have reported in the last month that Denver has put out targeted feelers on Faried, gauging his value and demanding very good return. The Nuggets, for their part, deny they've put Faried's name out there at all. Faried is entering the third season of his four-year rookie deal, and given his per-game numbers, he figures to get paid on his next contract. If the Nuggets believe Faried has hit his ceiling, and that his game lacks the all-around polish Brian Shaw has said he wants from his big men, it would make sense for Denver to see what it can get. Let's be clear: Faried has a lot of value, and no trade is ever "likely"; there are just too many roadblocks to go that far. But I'm smelling something here. Grantland

Realistically, James' best shot to make the roster would have been to beat out Quincy Miller, whose contract is not guaranteed until the first game of the season. But Miller has had a good camp, and coach Brian Shaw has loved what he's seen out of a player with a ton of potential. Those two things have made Miller all but untouchable. Denver Post

But a funny thing happened: Shaw wasn't playing. The competition was on. And because of that, something else is happening: Randolph is playing himself into the lineup. He arguably has been the biggest surprise of camp, though he'll tell you he has always had it in him. Signed by the Nuggets in 2012 for depth, he's making a serious push to be in the regular rotation when the season begins in eight days. "There's a logjam at our 'big' position," Shaw said. "But he's one of the guys I would say is making the most of his opportunity." Denver Post

October 7, 2013 Updates

Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw will not be bringing Phil Jackson with him to the Mile High City. "No," Shaw said with a laugh Sunday when asked if he had any plans to coerce the Zen Master out of retirement to join his coaching staff. "He can be my Tex? No. No." ESPN.com

"I want to invite him to come and watch us practice and just kind of see how I'm doing," said Shaw, who recently helped former Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen connect with former Lakers player and current Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue to observe Clippers training camp in San Diego. ESPN.com

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has reached out to the former Lakers coach, a man he played for and coached with during his time in Los Angeles, and the best piece of advice he received from Jackson was patience. "I'm laid back by nature, anyway," Shaw said. "Phil had a lot of patience and he allowed for the players to kind of figure some things out on their own. I've been kind of trying to do the same thing, not spoon feeding them everything, but just enough and see who has the ability to figure out what they need to do." Denver Post

October 6, 2013 Updates

But not even job endorsements from Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson could land him the Lakers' job. The plan, apparently, was L.A.-to-Indiana-to-Denver and his first NBA head coaching job. "Regardless of how it ended, I don't have any regrets," Shaw said. "Those were some of the best times that I experienced. I will always cherish them." Denver Post

Asked if there were any hard feelings lingering now, two years after being passed over for the head coaching job with the Lakers after Jackson's retirement in 2011, Shaw said: "No, no. You know, it's the nature of the business. I found that out pretty quickly. I preach to our players to get on to the next play; let that last play go, and I try to do the same thing, too. Every decision is not my decision. It's not going to work out the way I want it to work out. So I've just got to move on." Denver Post

"It was hard for me, the way everything happened so suddenly," Shaw said. "It's hard for me, initially to accept the fact that, wow, I was in L.A. and now I'm going to Indiana. And then I got to Indiana and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It really was, in terms of seeing a different way of doing things. We had a great young team, a bright young coach who still allowed me to coach and have some input. Our team got better and better every year. So I got the necessary experience that I needed to get me to the position that I'm in now." Denver Post

September 12, 2013 Updates

Shaw described himself as “laid-back by nature” but he isn’t sure what his demeanor will be on the sideline in the heat of a game. “Phil Jackson didn’t stand up a lot, but he had a presence,” Shaw said of his former Los Angeles Lakers coach. “Some coaches pace up and down the sideline. Will I be a coach that stands up most of the game and paces the sidelines, or will I sit down and get up when I need to get up?” NBA.com

September 8, 2013 Updates
August 11, 2013 Updates

The Nuggets job was not expected to be open but Karl made a power play entering the final year of his contract and demanded an extension. The Nuggets refused. “You never know, obviously coming from a team that had the Coach of the Year and for there to be an opening there [was unexpected],” Shaw said. “It was progressing as a regular offseason for me once our season ended, knowing that I would be getting some interviews and trying to do and show what I can do the best I possibly could. As this opening became available, things just kind of started to fall in place and the intrigue with the roster — to be able to come to a team that was already a playoff team, the things they were able to accomplish last year — as a first-time coach, you don’t usually get to walk into those type of situations.” Boston Globe

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