HoopsHype Brian Shaw rumors

January 10, 2014 Updates

Nuggets coach Shaw, though, is old school. “When I came (into the NBA) in 1988, shortly after that, Jordan started with his Jordan One. They only made them in red, white and black, Bulls colors. I remember Nike wouldn’t let you wear his shoes. They only let him wear it. You could order them through your account, but you couldn’t wear them in games. And then, when they started making different colors and they started allowing guys to wear them in games, obviously the most important thing is that it’s a shoe that fits your foot and you’re comfortable in it, then you’ll want to wear it. But I always thought that that gave; like being on the Lakers, when guys would wear Kobe’s shoes when we were playing against them, he always would, in his mind, feel ‘I got him because he’s wearing my shoes.’ So the guys who do wear KD’s, we were talking yesterday, ‘Are you really going to wear those tomorrow when we play him?’ So it was a debate back and forth about the comfort of the shoe as opposed to what message it sends when you’re wearing a guys shoes.” Oklahoman

January 7, 2014 Updates

The coach ruled out Miller suiting up for Denver against the Celtics, under any circumstances. "No, he wasn't here at practice (Monday) and he wouldn't come back tomorrow and play or suit up without being here in practice," Shaw said after the Nuggets' afternoon practice. "He's just away dealing with these personal issues and until that gets resolved, we're going to play with the guys we have, who were at practice." Denver Post

Next, Shaw was asked if the rift is mendable. "I don't know if there's any rift," Shaw said. "It was a moment where tempers kind of prevailed, and those things happen. The decision was made to create some space in time away from the team. That's what we're doing. There's nothing really else to say about it." Denver Post

January 6, 2014 Updates

Could Shaw coach Miller again? "I can coach anybody," the Nuggets coach responded. "I can coach anybody who wants to play and wants to play the right way. I don't have any problem with that. I don't hold grudges or anything like that, but like I said, right now the team's in a good space. The guys are playing well, playing with the kind of energy we need to play with and while he's dealing with what he needs to deal with, we're going to keep moving." Next, Shaw was asked if the rift is mendable. "I don't know if there's any rift," Shaw said. "It was a moment where tempers kind of prevailed, and those things happen. The decision was made to create some space in time away from the team. That's what we're doing. There's nothing really else to say about it. "One person is not going to stop the train going forward. My focus is always on the team, as opposed to one individual." Denver Post

Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who played with and was coached by Shaw, has a theory. "(Jackson) teaches from a place of Zen," Bryant said of not having a legion of coaches with their own teams. "He teaches from a place of ... balance. It's hard to replicate that. It has to be something that's a part of you, to have those philosophies and those beliefs — the meditation and all of that." Denver Post

And what about the triangle offense? Could more teams adopt the style and run it well? "No," Bryant said. "Because the system is predicated on the spirituality of the game, in terms of being in the moment, reacting, patience, balance. It comes directly from his beliefs and his philosophies spiritually. That's why you see teams that go out there and try to (do it) don't have that same level of success." Denver Post

January 3, 2014 Updates

“The incident that took place with him the other day, everybody understands that can’t happen,” Shaw said. “We’ll go forward, starting tonight and prepare for the Memphis Grizzlies. I haven’t had any contact with Andre since the other night after the game; I really thought the whole situation was blown out of proportion. It was the heat of the moment and sometimes players say things to coaches or the other way around." NBA.com

“Usually, what we want to happen is to have those discussions in the locker room, behind closed doors within the group. Instead it started out there on the court and brought a lot of attention. To me it’s really not a big deal, but like I’ve said, I have so much respect for Andre Miller. I have been a fan of his when he played for the University Of Utah. It’s just an unfortunate incident but we are moving on from it.” NBA.com

The frustration that started on the floor on Wednesday night extended into the postgame locker room too, sources told Yahoo Sports. Miller has grown frustrated with Shaw and had recently addressed some issues to him in a locker room meeting forum, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

January 2, 2014 Updates

After the Nuggets' eighth consecutive loss, 114-102 to Philadelphia on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center, J.J. Hickson agreed with the notion that the Nuggets have hit rock bottom. But that point may have come earlier, in the second half, when Andre Miller, headed for his first healthy scratch, decided he would verbally take it out on coach Brian Shaw. Miller yelled about the disrespect he felt he was being shown by sitting. And if he was being disrespected, he'd do the same to the Nuggets' first-year head coach. "There's a time and place for everything," Shaw said. "In the middle of the arena in front of everyone ... I just tried to calm it down." Denver Post

Asked if Miller understood the reasons for his one-game seat on the bench, Shaw said, "You'll have to ask him." But by that time, Miller had already left. Many of his teammates remained, however, to explain the free-fall the Nuggets are in. Denver Post

December 30, 2013 Updates

Asked if legal marijuana would alter the NBA as we know it, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said, "Just like people got accustomed to alcohol, I don't think it's so far out there that it would change anything." He pointed out that the NBA didn't officially start testing for marijuana until 1999. "So the NBA has already had a time where marijuana was a big part of the league and wasn't being tested for," he said. "I do understand that the league is trying to market and portray a certain image, and all of these players are commodities and entities." Denver Post

December 20, 2013 Updates

Having spent 11 years with Kobe Bryant as a player and assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw knows the 14-time All-Star as well as anyone. “It’s tough because I know how hard he worked to get back. Unfortunately, that’s what happens a lot of times. When you’ve come back from an injury, and you’ve worked so hard on a certain area of your body, something else breaks down because maybe it’s overcompensating,” Brian Shaw said. NBA.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

Here’s Shaw’s explanation: “I have been fortunate enough to be affiliated with teams that have had success and made deep playoff runs. And one thing that is consistent, you have to be a good halfcourt team. Offensively, you have to establish an inside presence, whether it’s big men or getting in the paint, and you have to be good at halfcourt execution. The Phoenix Suns, the Sacramento Kings, teams we played that were high-scoring, fast-paced teams—even the Denver Nuggets—we were able to slow them down in the playoffs, when you play them in a seven-game series. Sporting News

“So, yeah, we can win close to 60 games running up at a breakneck pace, but play a team like San Antonio in the playoffs, that can execute in the halfcourt, they’re studying you, they’re going to take away those fastbreak opportunities. If you can’t execute in the halfcourt, you’re out, one and done. That’s the long-term goal, that is what I have to keep in my mind that we have to get better at. We can run. We have proven that, every coach that has coached the Denver Nuggets, going back to Dan Issell and Doug Moe, they take advantage of the altitude up there. But any of those Denver Nuggets teams, have they culminated in a championship in the NBA? Not in the NBA. When I look at that, something has got to change.” Sporting News

December 7, 2013 Updates

Exactly a week after Nate Robinson made comments about being a "target" of NBA referees — an eternity of time to be punished for mere words — the league fined him $25,000. The fine came as a surprise to his head coach, Brian Shaw. "I was actually surprised today when I got notification that he'd gotten fined," Shaw said Friday. "I know that it's something that we've been working with him on, in terms of, I tell him every game, 'Let me deal with the referees, you just play the game.' "But we know he's a fiery competitor and seems to always have to have the last word." Denver Post

December 6, 2013 Updates
December 5, 2013 Updates

Brian Shaw told a touching story before the game about the earring he wears in his left ear. It was actually his mother’s wedding ring. Both of his parents and sister were killed in a car accident in June 1993. After the accident, he turned his mother’s wedding ring into an earring. “It’s a way for me to always feel like I have her with me or like she’s in my ear,” Brian Shaw said. “That’s why I wear it.” He doesn’t wear it during games, however, because he isn’t sure how the league would feel about it. Akron Beacon Journal

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