HoopsHype Brian Shaw rumors

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

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“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

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

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