Posted September 30, 2013 on AP on Fox
Obviously, Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly was only kidding and not trying to put this kind of pressure on his new coach. Sitting next to Brian Shaw on Monday, Connelly was asked about the expectations for the Nuggets, a team that won a franchise-record 57 games last season only to bow out in the first-round of the playoffs for a fourth straight time. ''Ring or bust,'' Connelly said, grinning. Shaw didn't so much as flinch. That kind of talk is nothing new for Shaw, especially after once playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and later serving as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson. The way he was taught, failing to win a championship was viewed as a missed opportunity. Someday, Shaw envisions that kind of attitude in Denver as he takes over for George Karl, who was fired following another first-round flameout. ''I understand that and we have to take baby steps in gradually getting there,'' Shaw said. ''As long as we get th...

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