The Nuggets are limping to the finish line of another disappointing season, and the players are apparently counting the days.
That in itself is not a problem, because no one enjoys getting blown out on a nightly basis, and there’s little reason to believe that Denver has a chance to turn things around the way the roster is constructed.
But doing so publicly (and vocally) can give off the wrong impression.
A fourth-quarter huddle late in the Nuggets’ 104-82 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday broke with this phrase: “1-2-3 … six weeks!”
As in six weeks to go until the end of the season. That’s 24 games, 46 days and 1,152 minutes away.
Tax day, April 15, is getaway day: the last day of the Nuggets’ season. Rest assured, there are players who are already counting.
If this is true, then Brian Shaw should be fired — immediately.
The one thing a head coach is there to do more than any other is to get as close to maximum effort out of his players as possible, and get it on a consistent basis.
A public display like this by the players makes it seem as though they’ve already given up, and if that’s the case, a fresh voice needs to be introduced to the locker room to rejuvenate guys and get things headed in the right direction from a mental standpoint before the season is finished.