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Brian Shaw unloads on Nuggets after loss to Bulls

Brian ShawThe Denver Nuggets have lost six of their last seven games, and head coach Brian Shaw appears to have reached his boiling point. After Friday night’s 117-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls, Shaw ripped his players for their lack of effort.

“As a coach and coaching staff, it’s our job to try to find five players that want to go out and play and want to have some pride and not decide night-to-night that ‘I’m going to play this game and I’m not going to play this game,'” he told reporters, per Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. “I felt like tonight we had some guys that just decided they weren’t going to play tonight, they weren’t going to put forth any effort to try to get the job done.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s a nationally televised game that we’re professionals and as a staff we have to beg guys to give effort when they play.

The Nuggets have had their ups and downs in Shaw’s first season as head coach, but they have not played well since the start of the season. The team was 14-9 on Dec. 15. They have gone 11-20 since and are fading from playoff contention.

“I told our team I wish paychecks were predicated on night-to-night performance,” Shaw continued. “So if you play like a star on a given night then you get paid like a star. If you play like an uninspired player, then either you don’t get paid or you get paid like an uninspired player. And you can’t just pick and choose when you want.”

Shaw added that his team acted like the “big bad wolf” by beating the Milwaukee Bucks — the worst team in the NBA — on Thursday night and following it up by getting blown out in Chicago.

Back in December, Shaw said his team needed to warm up more before games to avoid slow starts. It appears he is now running out of answers.

Andre Miller suspended two games for outburst on Brian Shaw

Andre-Miller-NuggetsDenver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller has been suspended by the team for two games in the wake of his in-game outburst. On Wednesday, Miller was a healthy scratch for a loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. The 37-year-old veteran decided to let head coach Brian Shaw know how he felt about the roster decision during the game.

According to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Miller yelled at Shaw about how disrespected he felt that he had been benched. Miller reportedly felt that he would show disrespect to Shaw since Shaw did the same to him.

“There’s a time and place for everything,” Shaw told reporters. “In the middle of the arena in front of everyone … I just tried to calm it down.”

Shaw was then asked if Miller understood why he had been scratched, and the first-year coach told reporters they would have to ask Miller that question. The former first-round pick had already left the locker room.

Not only was Miller yelling at Shaw during the game, but several beat writers also reported that he had to be restrained. After the Nuggets chose not to offer George Karl an extension, Miller said he did not expect Denver to enjoy another 57-win season. The Nuggets are off to a 15-17 start, so it looks like he’s going to be right. He has obviously become part of the problem.

Brian Shaw thinks Nuggets need to warm up for four more minutes to avoid slow starts

Brian ShawThe Denver Nuggets are off to a respectable 14-9 start this year, but you have to wonder if their record could be even better with improved play in the first quarter. The Nuggets have been slow starters. In 14 of 23 games this season, they have found themselves trailing after 12 minutes. That has been the case in each of Denver’s past eight games.

Last week, head coach Brian Shaw blamed his team’s slow starts on the junk food his players were eating in the locker room before games. He replaced pizza and tacos with fresh salads, cold cuts and chicken breast before last Monday’s game against the Washington Wizards. The Nuggets were outscored 22-18 in the first quarter of that game, 33-28 to start the following game and 27-24 the game after that. Shaw now has a new theory.

“We are done with our talk, and chalk talk and board work and film session, usually with about 23 or 24 minutes left on the game clock before the game starts,” Shaw said Monday, via Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. “They are supposed to be ready and out on the floor to get a good 20-minute workout. And what we’ve been finding as well as we’ve been researching what the problem is, is we come back in the locker room a lot of times and it’s 16 minutes on the clock and there’s a lot of guys still in the locker room.

“We’re trying to get them out there and make them understand that’s what it takes. You’ve got to get out there, you’ve got to get loose, you’ve got to get warm. We’re hitting every angle that we can, and hopefully it will be remedied soon.”

Apparently Shaw believes four extra minutes of loosening up makes a huge difference, and he could be right. Or, it could just be a mental problem for many of the players.

Basketball is a game where you can easily erase a 10- or 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Perhaps the Nuggets are relying on that truth a bit too heavily. Ditching junk food and warming up sooner may help, but ultimately the players have to want to give a full 48-minute effort. Had Denver done that more often this season, they would likely have a few more wins.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Brian Shaw yells ‘ball don’t lie’ after Ray Allen misses free throw (Video)

Brian ShawBrian Shaw was seen yelling out one of everyone’s favorite lines after Ray Allen missed a free throw during Game 2 on Friday: Ball Don’t Lie.

Indiana Pacers forward Sam Young was called for a b.s. technical foul early in the second quarter in Miami for hitting a ball LeBron James was holding. The Miami Heat chose to have Ray Allen, a career 89.4 percent free throw shooter, shoot their two technical free throws. Allen made the first free throw and Shaw, a Pacers assistant coach, received a tech for yelling at the refs. Allen then missed the next free throw to keep the score at 31-23.

Shaw yelled out “ball don’t lie,” to let everyone know what he thought of the technical foul call.

Ball don’t lie is a popular playground phrase that is uttered in a karmic sense after controversial calls are made. Rasheed Wallace is often credited for popularizing the phrase, but my boy Benjy Smith was saying it on our elementary school playground before ‘Sheed was even at North Carolina.

Mike Brown Reportedly Will be Next Lakers Head Coach on Four-Year $18 Million Deal

Less than three weeks after getting swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have decided on their next head coach. According to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area, former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown will be the team’s next head coach.

If Brown does sign on to become the new head coach of the Lakers, he will have beaten out names such as Rick Adelman, Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Dunleavy and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw for the job.  Here are the details from Steinmetz’s report:

Mike Brown will not be the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Brown, the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is expected to be named the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to two league sources.

Brown was considered a frontrunner for the Warriors’ job, but is expected to sign a four-year contract worth approximately $18 million with the Lakers — succeeding Phil Jackson as coach.

Nothing has been confirmed by the Lakers’ front office, but all the rumors Tuesday seemed to indicate this would happen.

Here’s the problem with the Lakers hiring Mike Brown: he can’t run an offense if his life depended on it, unless you consider Kobe isolation plays an offense. The one thing Mike Brown is good at is coaching defense, and this hire may be a reaction to the Lakers’ poor defensive showing against the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs.

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