The Denver Nuggets announced today that they have fired head coach Brian Shaw. Shaw, who had the Nuggets at 20-39 record this season, had an overall record of 56-83 in the 1 and a 1/2 season he spent in Denver. Shaw was named head coach of the Nuggets on June 25th, 2013, and hasn’t lived up to some of the expectations the Nuggets were given.
Nuggets General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly had the following to say on Shaw’s firing.
“I want to sincerely thank Brian for his time with our organization,” said Tim Connelly. “You won’t find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I’ve ever been around. Unfortunately things didn’t go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Nuggets president Josh Kroenke on the firing of Shaw:
“On behalf of everyone in the Denver Nuggets organization, I would personally like to thank Brian for his services the past two seasons in Denver,” said Kroenke. “He is a champion and a gentleman and I wish him nothing but the best for himself and his family moving forward. Since we purchased the franchise in 2000 we have constantly strived to field a competitive team, culminating in 10 straight playoff appearances and a franchise record 57 wins in the 2012-13 regular season. Expectations have been raised and we want more.
“This season our management staff has remained patient and supportive as decisions of this nature are never taken lightly. Patience is encouraged, as long as the organization continues to show progress toward a greater goal. However, competing for championships is our goal, and therefore we decided to make this decision now and look forward to conducting an extensive head coaching search upon the season’s conclusion. This has been a trying season for all of us, and we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization back to the NBA’s elite.”
The Nuggets have named Melvin Hunt the team’s interim coach. Hunt spent 5 seasons as the Nuggets assistant coach, and was also the Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach from 2005-2010. He has also spent time with the Lakers and Rockets.
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