The recently reported rumors that Phil Jackson might try to lure Brian Shaw away from the Nuggets with an offer to coach the Knicks caused a minor stir, and raised the specter of yet another bout of offseason upheaval among the Pepsi Center’s top ranks. But if Shaw himself is to be believed, it appears highly unlikely that he will, in fact, so quickly abandon his new team.
“I said it when all the speculation first started coming out. And that’s all that it is is speculation. I’m happy where I am. I’m looking forward to coaching a healthy, full complement of players with the Nuggets next year and improving what we did… [I] wish [the Knicks] well in what they’re doing but I’m happy where I am.”
Of course, it’s reasonable to maintain some healthy skepticism, as coaches and players will often say “the right thing” rather than risk damaging relationships by revealing their true intentions. However, Shaw’s definitive statement, along with his representation of the Nuggets at the draft lottery, would point to the rumors – if they had any legitimate basis at all – arising from Jackson’s hopes, and not Shaw’s intentions. At this point, all substantive indications suggest Shaw will indeed stay on board as Denver’s coach next season.
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