Shaw: “I’m happy where I am”

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.

As Shaw was leaving the draft lottery, ESPN New York’s Ian Begley got this statement from the Nuggets’ head coach addressing the rumor:

“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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  • Poz303

    I believe the only carrot the NYKs can dangle in front of Shaw is a financial one. Throw enough money at anyone and the temptation would be there.

    However, I think Shaw is being honest right now in saying he is happy where he is at. I think, and hope, the worst is behind him with regards to the Nuggets. He should have a healthy roster this season and a significant new piece (Whether through the draft or trade). He would likely have more freedom in Denver as well since, if he joined the Knicks, he would be workng under Phil Jackson and somewhat in his shadow.

    • heykyleinsf

      Maybe he’s also sincere that he believes in the team.
      We could do a lot worse than Brian Shaw.

  • Bryan

    Even if he wanted out the Knicks would have to compensate the Nuggets and have nothing to offer. The Nuggets already have the right to swap picks with them in 16, so I don’t think they can give up a first rounder until 2018.

    • LBJ

      A second rounder is plenty.

      • Cullen

        You can’t honestly think that is sufficient?

        No matter how much you hate show, you can’t think a second pick that works out like 33 percent of the time is a good trade? Even if you think he’s awful, market value is way above a second rounder.

        I have a lot of respect for you and your basketball IQ. I obviously like antagonizing, but common on… then you come and say something dumb like that!

  • heykyleinsf

    Great feature story on ESPN for Birdman…

    who is having an out of his mind good playoffs…

    http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2014/story/_/id/10960892/miami-heat-chris-andersen-hiding-plain-sight

  • Nugman

    I can’t believe anyone actually takes these “rumors” seriously. Shaw is going to stay here because it’s the only HC job he can get. No one would hire him as HC for years and now that they’ve seen him coach they definitely don’t him.

    • mike gomez

      you stay believing that

    • heykyleinsf

      Sporting News … published 14 hours ago…
      Phil Jackson not giving up on pulling Shaw away from Nuggets.

      http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2014-05-22/knicks-coaching-seach-brian-shaw-phil-jackson-derek-fisher-tyronn-lue-kurt-rambis-jim-cleamons

      • Nugman

        Whatever…..if Jackson wants him it’s only to be a puppet and I seriously doubt even then. You are talking about bright basketball people who saw Shaw coach. They all have to scratch their heads at all the odd decisions he made and how poorly he managed games. Anyone who really knows anything about basketball understands Shaw did average at best and really below average.

        • mike gomez

          who are those bright people?? you i supposed

          • gimpcom187

            These are silly rumors during a dull time about the 2 most soap opera type teams in the nba. If the knicks are interested he will be interviewed. Its just silly rumors. Nonetheless if they dont make the playoffs in the next 2 seasons we’ll be able to clearly see how desirable shaw is on the open market.

            • mike gomez

              cant be interview if the nuggets don’t let him, i would say the knikc rumor is true but they wont let go shaw either way.

              • gimpcom187

                So just to be clear you think jts more likely the knicks are interested in doing an interview with a 36 win coach and his current team is so enamored with him that they refuse to even let him interview. Rather than this is just a medium connection that jackson has that the new york media aka pack of wolves is drumming up. Despite in no way the coach or team indicating they asked for permission to talk to shaw. So we’re clear on that?

              • mike gomez

                yes they would be interested in a 36 win coach who got the best of the limit players he got and still found ways to win. yes management believes in shaw and they are sticking with him, so they wont let him, and shaw wouldn’t be interested wither way

              • gimpcom187

                Good ignoring that they didnt even ask permission. Also lets ignore that shaw has 2 years left on his contract at the least amount for a coach in the league. Shaw would have to be a fool not to turn that interest into more years and money. And ignoring the nypost sports is a known rumor rag.

                There are zero other current coaches in jacksons tree it makes sense he would have at least a little interest. Instead he would prefer guys who are still playing or calling games. Its really not the endorsement you imply. Not to mention we have zero clue phil knows what he is doing with that. If the nugs could get a first rd pick for him they wouldbe fools not to take them up on it

              • mike gomez

                well just like you ignore what happen during the season and what shaw had deal with during the season. why would you leave good place for a toxic one with a uncertain future. it don’t matter how much they offer you, i wouldn’t want to be part of that. the nuggets will be fools to take it, because it will just set us back, and coaches would be scare to come here and coach because they wont get fair shot

              • gimpcom187

                Afraid to come here? Just like van gundy was afraid of detroit? Or minnesota getting a coach with 50 wins in first season?

                What am I ignoring? I havent said shaw was horrible.just the thought that he is a highly desirable coach is absurd.even a scenario where hes the ONLY reasonable experienced candidate for nyk the rumors seem tepid and he hasnt been able to turn

              • mike gomez

                look at everything they had to give him to consider the job, they gave him complete control and tons money. minn still doesn’t have a coach, and the reason why they interviewed the grizzle coach because the dont want him and so far no other team has showed they are interest. no one said he is a highly desirable coach, but i bet if we fire him the lakers and the nyk will come calling.

              • Nugman

                If the FO didn’t say they believed in Shaw they would look pretty dumb. They fire a 57 win coach who gets COY honors and then replace him with Shaw, so they have to say they support him. And he was Timmy first big move. You really think Timmy is going to admit publicly that his first decision was a huge mistake? Of course not. He’s going to support him until he has no choice. They all just got lucky there were so many injuries they had a good excuse for all the failure. Next year they won’t have that excuse and will have to face reality.

              • mike gomez

                if they didn’t believe in him they wouldn’t of came out and said something, and he would of been gone. next season we will see what he could with healthy roster, just like all the chances we gave karl

              • Nugman

                Did you read my comment? They can’t say they don’t support him without losing face so they won’t do it!

              • mike gomez

                did you read my comment?? if they didnt support him, they wont of said that shaw wasn’t given a fair shake and like how he got the players to play hard for him at the end, after they got eliminated from being in the playoffs.

  • Nugman

    Here is what NY really thinks of Shaw. It’s an honest assessment of his performance and his status, not the blind delusion some on this blog seem to have for him.

    http://knickerblogger.net/new-york-knicks-coaching-roundup-part-3-brian-shaw-and-friends/

    • mike gomez

      one writer doesn’t speak for new york

      • heykyleinsf

        turns out one writer doesn’t even speak for Nugman.
        Fail.

    • heykyleinsf

      Straight out of this article.
      “The Knicks want Shaw, but don’t have the assets to get him.”
      YOU POSTED THIS.. NOT ME!!
      But thanks for the assist!
      Bravo!!!
      MORE!! ENcoRE!!!

      • Nugman

        You obviously didn’t read the entire article. It says Phil may want him as a puppet, but based on Shaws performance it wouldn’t be good for the Knicks. Just another person trying to tell you blind Shaw lovers that he didn’t do a very good job last season

        • heykyleinsf

          I read it up, down, left and right.. Absolutely ZERO to say disparaging about Shaw in the slightest.. .let alone “puppet” in any way, shape or form..

          Dude.. YOU did not read the article.
          First you say.. “This is what NY thinks of Shaw”..
          It’s one dude that writes a column genius..

          Further.. how ever in the world you found a negative slant on Shaw.. Is freaking beyond me.. but .. I did find another golden little nugget…
          Want me to share it with you ???
          Of course you do. Here you go.

          “Maybe Shaw can still be an elite head coach in this league if he has Phil around to guide him once again.”

          oooooohhhhhh… oooooohhhh….
          wow.. you were right.. wow..
          that’s pretty insulting alright!

          Oh man..
          More dude.. Please!! find some more!!

    • Cullen

      Do you really think 36 wins was all due to Shaw’s coaching blunders? I mean, seriously man. It’s pretty pathetic to keep blaming the coach! You are one of the ignorant people who think Shaw didn’t get a job because nobody hired him…. yet most places he has actually coached LOVED him and would do anything to have him as a head coach. Kobe Bryant, one of the best basketball players/minds in the history of the game, Phil Jackson, one of the best coaches in the history of the game, all of the Pacers players, top seed in the East, etc.

      The only people that hate Shaw are the fans that are still butt hurt over the Karl firing. I get to sick of it. Yes, Shaw was not the best coach in the league last year… but he was nothing near what you are making him out to be. Karl in his first year of his coaching career… won 36 games. What do you know. Era of fans that are ready to pull the trigger after one tough year riddled with injuries but are willing to keep a decade of first round exists.

      Shaw has a long way to go, but he is nothing like you are making him out to be.

      • gimpcom187

        Youre the reason people give shaw such a hard time. You still cant admit the karl firing was a bad move. Forest gump: oh well stupid as a stupid does. Classic lack of contextualizing. Karls team previous season 28 wins 36 in rookie season. Plus 8. Shaw 57 previous season. Minus 21. Shaws ok. Maybe. Far inferior to karl. We’ll see if you can learn anything in the next 3-5 years.

        • Cullen

          No, I definitely think firing Karl was a questionable decision. He had just lead the team to a great regular season and there was a lot of potential on that roster, the difference is that I can understand why the Nuggets got rid of him. Yes, keeping him would have brought success, but I can also justify changing it up because Karl had probably reached his ceiling. So, stop making these artificial groupings of Shaw supporters.

          I think contextualizing the context of Shaw’s job is important too, cause remember: Stupid is as stupid does. I don’t care if Karl was the coach, we weren’t making the playoffs. We lose Brewer and Iggy, huge players in Karl’s rotation. Gallo, arguably the most important player on our team, McGee, no matter how dumb he can be he was a contributor, Robinson, good bench asset, Hickson, big man who played valuable minutes, Chandler, Lawson and Faried all missed significant minutes/games.

          You honestly can’t look someone in the face and think even Karl would have won many more games than 36 with that roster.

          Sure, Shaw made some poor decisions, but I think he also showed strides and development, too. We have seen coaches who have flat out cannot coach… I don’t think that is what we saw with Shaw.

          I agree, that Shaw COULD be far inferior to Karl. I don’t think we have had the sample size and a healthy roster to make that determination, that is the point of comparing his first year to Karl. Regardless of context, the fact it has been 1 year means it’s impossible to make that sort of judgement of Shaw.

          • gimpcom187

            You were the one who grouped by describing people who criticize shaw (usually legitimately). Dont put that on me. Your second post illustrates a much more nuanced and respectful tone so I have few problems. Karl probably wins more games but probably not more than low 40s. Ujiri may not have left though so that is the other issue.

            The only thing I would add is that the 2nd best stretch of the season was after the team was decimated by injuries. Indicating what im not sure but a lot of people are pretendibg they turned it around as opposed to other reason.

  • heykyleinsf

    a few mock drafts see us possibly taking Zach Lavine. paltry numbers.. but an unbelievable combine. This video has me thinking it wouldn’t be the worst pick.. 6’5″ SG that has PG skills. No denying his sick athleticism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp-agY1w11U

    • heykyleinsf

      a more well-rounded assessment.
      He would definitely fit our up tempo and transition game
      I’m not 100% sold on him.. but I’m still intrigued by his potential

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myt7Hg8s4uw

      • Andrew

        Yeah, I still think the Nuggs, unless they get Monroe from Detroit (someone previously thought they are working a potential trade), should try to get a PF with the 11th pick. I said the other day that I liked Adreian Payne from MSU, and now Bleacher Report predicts that’s who they take. I also still like the idea of doing a trade with Orlando, getting that second first round pick of theirs behind the Nuggets and taking a flyer on LaVine or another SG like Stauskas still available at that point. Maybe Orlando, if they take Exum at #4, will also give Nuggs back AAA, and take Chando/Foye/etc as part of a pretty big trade? Man, so many possibilities going into this draft.

        • heykyleinsf

          I’d love to see Aflalo back. We should have hung on to him. Imagine a world where we still have Aflalo, the 11th and 12th picks.. and Iguodala never darkened our path.
          That was a huge mistake.