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Nuggets president says Brian Shaw will coach Denver, not New York, next season

May 22, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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The Knicks really didn’t have the assets (read: draft picks) to make this work, but now Phil Jackson’s Brian Shaw dream is dead.

That is straight from the mouth of the Nuggets’ president Josh Kroenke, speaking with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

“Brian has said publicly – and privately to us – that his desire is to be here, and we feel strongly about him as our coach,” Kroenke told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t foresee a scenario or circumstance where he’s going to be anywhere but with the Nuggets next season.”

The Nuggets brought him in to coach and it’s hard to judge just how he would have done in a Nuggets season where Danilo Gallinari never played and JaVale McGee missed much of the season due to injuries. Get them healthy, add a lottery pick (No. 11) and the Nuggets become a bigger threat in the crowded West.

As for the Knicks… how about that Derek Fisher?

The elimination of Shaw, a long-time Jackson assistant and player with the Los Angeles Lakers, keeps Oklahoma City guard Derek Fisher as the frontrunner for the Knicks job, league sources said.

That confirms what we and everyone has been hearing. At this point just a few more playoff games and Jackson will get the chance to talk to Fisher. Jackson wants a leader he can mold and someone who shares his vision of a culture for an organization, something he is trying to establish in New York. Fisher fits that bill.

The question is, does Fisher want to do it?

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Luke Walton … Steve Kerr? No. Brian Shaw? No. Derek Fisher? Probably not. It comes down to: Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue (whenever I see Lue I see Allen Iverson), Metta World-Peace (why not at this point) or Smush Parker (I don’t know, Jackson doesn’t know what to do at this point). With this in mind, maybe Jay Z or Kanye West can be the head coach for the Knicks?

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      This cantonb0und isn’t a New Yawk a$$hole like the real, pathetic loser CantonPeabrain.

  2. whitehothoops89 - May 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Is there any chance that Carmelo would even consider staying NYC, unless he only cares about the $$$? The much touted arrival of Phil Jackson has not encouraged lead coaching candidates to sign with New York and now they want to bring in a rookie head coach? I think Derek Fisher is a model player and citizen but its going to be hard to convince Carmelo who’s in “win now mode” to stay on with a rookie coach. Again, unless Melo really is all about the $$…

    • tomtravis76 - May 23, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      At just over 23 million for next season, would you blame him for honoring the contract? He will get a max offer for 15-16 season. Melo will be 31 heading into 15-16.

  3. censoredpost - May 23, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    This, on it’s face, would appear to be the Knicks rubbing off on Phil. I say thee nay! The Knicks will rise from the ashes in a couple years thanks to Phil and his “I only know how to win championships” attitude. But until Bargnani, Chandler, Felton, Stoudemire and J.R. Smith are off the books it’s a lost cause. Phil had to know what he was getting himself into. That being said, Go Lakeshow!

  4. floridascuba1 - May 23, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    After the stunt fisher pulled in Dallas, he is far from a model player.

    • 00maltliquor - May 23, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      cry me a river

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        How bout a malt liquor?

    • spursareold - May 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      It’s a pattern. He pulled the same ish in Utah, scuba.

  5. campcouch - May 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    I think Jackson is looking long term. He looked at the roster and whatever draft picks they have for the next few years and sees nothing with potential. Yep,Melo is there and Spike Lee loves him,but Phil doesn’t look sold on him. Until Anthony commits to the Knicks,Jackson has to look at the team like he’s not part of the equation. He wants a coach that has some experience in a system he wants to implement so he doesn’t have to give a university course on it. Face it,his coaching tree has been pretty uninspiring without him,but with him being available,the next guy may be a bit more successful. I bet if Pau Gasol decided to retire in 30 minutes,he’d be at the top of his list. Sign and trade Melo and rebuild via the draft. I know teams like the Lakers,Knicks and Boston have forgotten that skill because of their dependency on big name trades and free agent signings,but the with the landscape is with social media,global communications and brand marketing,star players don’t need large markets for popularity or endorsements,nor are guys invested in what a player did 30 years ago on that team. He’ll no doubt have to settle for the least desireable guy as a stop-gap until someone he wants becomes available.

  6. 32magicman - May 23, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    And phil jackson decides his best option for knicks coach is …… Phil jackson!

    • spursareold - May 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      If Phil were physically able to coach, he’d be coaching somewhere now, and not taking random organizational consulting and managerial gigs.

  7. honkerdawg - May 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    That ballboy from Phil’s Chicago teams is still available and probably the only one who wants the job

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