http://www.denverpost.com/kiszla/ci_24219240/kiszla-nuggets-will-play-smashmouth-basketball-from-nowForget 57 regular-season wins for the Nuggets. That's not going to happen. But here is the real goal for the local NBA team:
No more wimpy basketball.
The Nuggets have a new way to play.
"Smashmouth basketball," new Denver coach Brian Shaw said.
I asked Shaw to define his terms. What qualifies as smashmouth basketball?
"Smashmouth means that you are literally going to get your mouth smashed if you're going against us for a rebound or a loose ball," Shaw said. "We want to have a nasty disposition, both offensively and defensively."
Shaw is not a smarter coach than his predecessor, George Karl.
But here's betting Shaw will be a tougher coach than Karl.
Karl beat cancer. Twice. So props to him for a huge personal victory.
In Denver, however, Karl's teams looked for a soft spot to land in the playoffs, and set up excuses to all but guarantee an early exit from the postseason would happen.
There has been way too much hand-wringing about the departure of Andre Iguodala, who never really wanted to be in Denver from the jump. I say: Good riddance. He always was impeccably dressed. It was a sweet suit he wore to the team bus after the Nuggets were eliminated by Golden State in the opening round of the playoffs.