A coaching change must be looming for the Denver Nuggets


Nov 9, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw looks on as the Nuggets play Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Lets face it – this team is bad, really bad in fact. After Wednesday night’s loss to the Portland Trailblazers by the final score of 130-113, we saw fans voice their frustration with Denver down 84-50 at halftime – booing as the team walked off the court. This team has shown no energy or passion to win, which is really frustrating to see as a lifelong fan. Another embarrassing loss calls for a change.

Which leads me to the point where Denver needs to fire head coach Brian Shaw. I for one am a Shaw supporter and in no way, shape, or form is this his fault for how this team has played over the first couple weeks of the season. Denver’s defensive IQ looks to that of a fifth grade elementary school team – poor rotational switches and leaving their man wide-open – which we saw the Blazers take advantage of the past two games.

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Poor defense leads to second-chance points.  I cannot even count the number of times Denver has failed to box out this season because it’s quite a bit. The reasons why George Karl‘s Denver Nuggets were so good was because of their aggressive attacking offense, which led to fast-break opportunities and attacking the rim. Denver tried to flip this roster to a half-court style which was not suited for these players.

Karl masked the flaws with this team with the up-tempo offense – genius might I add. Now we see them settling for far too many jump shots which just doesn’t produce results.

As if watching the Colorado Avalanche the other night wasn’t enough, these Nuggets’ look like they simply don’t want to play for Shaw. There is no urgency to win it seems. On Nov. 6th after the Nuggets fell to the Kings 131-109, it seemed as if Arron Afflalo took a subtle jab at Shaw.

"“You have to have some cohesiveness, you have to have game plans that work with the group that’s on the floor and hopefully we can get that all together”"

Denver has been notorious for their fast-paced run and gun game, but they threw that out the window to implement a style that just hasn’t worked with the roster provided. Denver should hand over the coaching duties to Melvin Hunt and go from there – see if he can light a spark under this team. This team is talented, way too talented to be performing like this night in and night out. It’s time for a change.

This roster is not all that different from the one in 2012-13′ which won 57 games. There is absolutely no reason for this team to be 1-6 to start the season. The strategy is simply not working – your move, Tim Connelly.