DENVER (AP) — Last week, Denver Nuggets players broke huddle with a chant of “1-2-3 … Six weeks,” interpreted by some as a countdown to the end of a season gone sour. Brian Shaw didn’t even make it that far. The first-time head coach was fired after 1 1/2 seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach. The timing of the dismissal was somewhat surprising given that just last week general manager Tim Connelly seemed to signal Shaw’s job was safe at least through the end of the season. It also happened hours before tipoff against Milwaukee. “We were hopeful we could dig ourselves out of the hole, play more respectful basketball,” Connelly explained. “Unfortunately, our struggles have been pretty immense and led to today.” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said he had dinner with Shaw the night before and that Shaw didn’t appear to have any sort of inkling his firing was imminent. “This wasn’t anything, I don’t think, he saw coming,” Kidd said after his team’s morning practice. “It’s unfortunate what happened with B-Shaw, being one of my mentors as a player and also a good friend.” Shaw went 56-85 for a .397 winning percentage. The Nuggets have lost 10 consecutive games at home, one shy of tying the franchise record set in 1997-98. The team has also nosedived since the All-Star break, going 0-6, and attendance has suffered. Forward J.J. Hickson said Shaw addressed the team before departing. Shaw’s message was simply to “finish up strong and be pros. Wished all of us luck,” Hickson recounted. Asked if Shaw lost the locker room, Hickson said, “not in my opinion.” “Have to look in the mirror individually, and own up to some of the stuff that’s going on around here,” Hickson added. Nuggets President Josh Kroenke said the team will look for a permanent coach after the season. “This has been a trying season for all of us,” Kroenke said in a statement. “And we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization … – Click Here To Visit Article Source