When the Nuggets parted ways with head coach Brian Shaw somewhat suddenly on Tuesday, David West of the Pacers immediately came to his defense.
Shaw was an assistant coach for two years in Indiana before landing the Nuggets job, and still has the loyalty of his former players.
West said Shaw being fired was ‘bullsh-t,’ because there were ‘no grownups’ in place on the Nuggets roster. While there were multiple factors that contributed to Shaw’s demise, at least one of the players in Denver was willing to publicly agree with what West had to say.
“I saw it,” Chandler said before Wednesday’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. “I mean, it’s probably true, but he’s entitled to his own opinion. I’m not saying we’re immature. We just need to be professionals all the time. … Winning games, I mean, is on the players and coaches, so it probably did (contribute to losses).”
The lack of veteran leadership on the Nuggets roster isn’t exactly a secret, so Chandler coming out and saying this shouldn’t be interpreted as his hammering his current teammates.
But the admission does speak to a legitimate problem in the locker room — one that Shaw was evidently ill-equipped to handle in just his second season as an NBA head coach.