The Denver Nuggets have fired their coach, league sources say. After a 20-39 record in his second season as head coach, the team decided it was best to let him go. For now, assistant coach Melvin Hunt will take care of the position. The team will for look better options after the season.
Denver Nuggets president Josh Kroenke is now working with general manager Tim Connelly to formulate a plan for the coaching search that will involve many candidates.
Denver plays the surging Milwakee Bucks on Tuesday night. A team who beat them the last time they faced each other. The Nuggets are on a cold streak, having lost 10 straight at home (franchise record) and 19 of their last 21 games, yikes! The schedule doesn’t get any better either. Teams like Spurs, Rockets (twice), Hawks, Warriors, Pelicans, Grizzlies and Heat are all in their upcoming schedule. It looks like Melvin Hunt will have a hard time getting this team back to winning form.
Shaw’s firing comes after the Nuggets players chanted ”1-2-3 six weeks!” in the huddle in a game against the Jazz which they lost by a big margin. The chant was in reference to the weeks left in the current season. After the game, coach Shaw denied that the players meant the chant and that they were referencing the team’s current losing streak. Will that streak end tonight?
Shaw is the third coach to be fired this season. The first being Michael Malone (Sacramento Kings) and second Jacque Vaughn (Orlando Magic). His firing didn’t surprise many as there were reports saying he never had control of the locker room and that he never connected with the players. Shaw had complained on numerous occasions to the management about the lack of maturity and professionalism of some of his players. He was told to work through the issues. Now that Shaw is gone, who would be the ideal coach for the Nuggets in the future?