Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw
The Denver Nuggets were finally fed up with all of the losing, horrible rotations and poor in-game decision-making. After less than two full NBA seasons, the team has reportedly fired head coach Brian Shaw.
Once looked at as a promising up and comer among the head coaching ranks, Shaw quickly looked overwhelmed in Denver, where injuries combined with his own poor moves to equate to two straight losing seasons. Denver was passable in Shaw’s first season in 2013 (36-46), but considering he replaced a head coach that won 50 games the year before, the writing may have already been on the wall that Shaw wasn’t up to the task.
Shaw’s second season comes to a close prematurely with just 20 wins and 39 losses, while recent chatter about his team quitting on him certainly couldn’t have helped.
Shaw will be chalked up as a failed experiment for the Nuggets, who still arguably have enough talent to compete even in the brutal Western Conference. While they don’t look the part at the moment, the Nuggets still boast an elite point guard in Ty Lawson, are getting Danilo Gallinari healthy and also have Wilson Chandler and promising big man Jusuf Nurkic to lean on going forward. If Denver can land one more big name star, they could be close to getting back to the playoffs next year.
With some talent in place, the Nuggets will hope to attract a key free agent also conduct a solid draft. The biggest key for future success, though, will be finding the right head coach to replace Shaw. Numerous names could pop up such as veterans like Jeff Van Gundy, Mike D’Antoni, Mark Jackson and others. The Nuggets will be tasked with figuring out who can come in and turn their losing team into a playoff contender for the 2015-16 NBA season and beyond.
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