The Denver Nuggets announced Tuesday that they have fired head coach Brian Shaw not even two seasons into his tenure with the team. Shaw compiled a 56-85 record with the Nuggets, his first NBA head coaching job, and this year turned into a complete disaster.
Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Denver came into the year with heightened expectations after last season turned into a 36-46 disappointment because of a litany of injuries. Things got off to a rough start again, with some abysmal defense leading to a 1-6 start. The Nuggets fought back over the next couple of months, and after a five-game winning streak in early January, Denver had a record of 18-20.
Then the wheels fell off. Denver has gone 2-19 since then, and there have been numerous problems within the locker room. Shaw questioned his team’s commitment on several occasions, and he even admitted that he was having problems connecting with his players. SB Nation’s Mike Prada compiled a list of some of the weirdness that happened in Denver under Shaw, and it’s quite an extensive list.
With Shaw out and Hunt in as the interim coach, there’s reportedly no plan to look for a full-time replacement in the immediate future:
Denver hasn't started to consider long-term candidates for coaching job. Organization needs to decide direction and then look at best fits.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 3, 2015
Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports says Mike D’Antoni, Mark Jackson, Alvin Gentry and Adrian Griffin could be possible candidates to take over next season.