The Denver Nuggets have won two in a row, playing with a newfound effort since coach Brian Shaw was let go and Melvin Hunt was given the interim tag. Wednesday night the Nuggets outplayed Minnesota and picked up a 100-85 win.
After the game, the question was if Kevin Garnett expected that kind of effort out of the Nuggets. KG pulled no punches.
“To be honest, they quit on Brian Shaw, I thought they’d quit again. A quitter is a quitter. That was my take on that, but if you’ve got any kind of self-pride about your future, then you want to anticipate someone playing hard. I didn’t really think about the Denver Nuggets and how they was going to come out tonight, I was more concerned about us and us going forward and being better.”
It’s an interesting response after a team just outplayed you.
But it speaks to KG’s mindset about effort and professionalism. He is not alone in thinking the Nuggets players showed a lack of professionalism not playing hard for Shaw. That locker room has issues. This is what Garnett feels he needs to teach the young players in Minnesota before he walks away.