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Brian Shaw leads his first practice as Denver Nuggets Head Coach (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)
The Denver Nuggets finally held their first practice on Tuesday. Back to basketball – it is an exciting time to be a fan of the NBA and the Nuggets. The franchise is looking to the future and building a structure for continued success. That is what the Denver Nuggets 2013 training camp is all about as the Brian Shaw era begins in the Mile High City.
Shaw began to lay the groundwork and put fundamentals in place to run the type of offense and defense he wants to see the Nuggets play. Much has been made about whether or not Shaw would be bringing the triangle offense with him to Denver.
Shaw: Is the triangle part of me? Yes… But.. our system is going to be predicated on player movement and ball movement with a purpose
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) September 30, 2013
It seem that the Nuggets are dancing around actually admitting that they will be running the triangle offense this season. The triangle is not a bad offense to run, it just comes with a lot of baggage and expectations. Phil Jackson is one of the greatest basketball coaches in history and the triangle is synonymous with his name. Other words synonymous with Jackson – Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Also, 11 NBA Championships. That’s not a bad legacy to have and it has a better track record of success than the fast-paced basketball that Denver has played for the last decade.
Shaw told the Denver Post about what we should expect to see this season:
“The style of play … is going to be a little different than what it has been around here for the past few years,” Shaw said. “We do still want to take advantage of getting up and down the floor and take advantage of the climate and the altitude. But, with that being said, the teams I’ve been associated both as a player and as a coach have had success establishing a presence inside, executing in half court and having a defensive identity, as well as being a good rebounding team.”
The new style of play is not the only thing different seen during practice yesterday. Shaw is on the court working with the players himself while instructing them. This is a change from the way George Karl conducted practices. Another change is that none of the players are guaranteed of a starting position.
Shaw on camp: “It’s an audition, it’s an open competition. There’s competition at every position on the team.”
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) September 30, 2013
This may pave the way to more personnel moves for the team in the form of trades later in the season. General manager Tim Connelly seems to be upholding the aggressiveness that his predecessor, Masai Ujiri maintained in regard to roster moves. Connelly told the Denver Post:
“We’ll be really aggressive. Certainly the roster will determine how aggressive. If we enjoy the success we want to have, maybe we’re not as motivated to be deal-seeking. But I want to be opportunistic. I want to be aggressive. I don’t think we’re where we want to be at this point. I like everybody on our team. It sounds cliché, but I really do, primarily because of how hard they worked this offseason. But in such a fluid environment, we’re certainly going to be active in terms of always looking to improve the roster.”
It appears that the Nuggets have the right mind-set to succeed in the long-term, but for now the team has to put in work on the Pepsi Center practice court so that the front office knows what it has to work with.
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