The Denver Nuggets fired Brian Shaw on Tuesday morning after a season and a half as the team’s coach, according to an NBA source.
News of his firing comes days after general manager Tim Connelly said Shaw is “absolutely” safe as the team’s coach for the remainder of the season. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt is expected to take over as interim coach for the rest of the season.Brian Shaw (AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file)
The Nuggets have struggled since Shaw arrived in June 2013 as a first-year head coach and currently have a 10-game home losing streak, second longest in franchise history. A string of injuries to many of the team’s key players contributed to a 36-46 record, the team’s worst in 11 years, a season ago.
This season, the team regained its health but has failed to live up to expectations when the season opened, sporting a 20-39 record through Monday.
Shaw was hired in 2013 in place of George Karl, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year who was let go after leading the team to a 57-25 record and guiding the Nuggets to the playoffs every season since he was hired in 2005.
Shaw, who retired as a player in 2003, joined the Lakers as a scout and then assistant under Phil Jackson. He went on to be an assistant at Indiana, where he was promoted to associate head coach and pegged as one of the up-and-coming head-coaching candidates.
The Nuggets host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
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