ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s easy for a coach — in any sport, not just basketball — to talk tough. In some ways, it’s part of the job: You tell the players how to execute your game plan, and if you don’t at least sound like you know what you’re talking about, how do you get them to buy in? Sometimes you reach deep to find ways to motivate. In Denver this season, Brian Shaw is just months into his first NBA head coaching gig, but he’s already showing that he’s not afraid to get out on the court with his players and mix it up. And considering Shaw played a decade-plus in the NBA and won three Championship rings as a player and two as an assistant coach, he’s probably worth listening to.
The Nuggets have been releasing short videos from their practice sessions, and Shaw’s physical involvement seems to be a recurring theme. In the videos below, he bangs in the post with big men like Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee, and in another video gets involved in a shoot-out with guard Randy Foye. His post defense is actually pretty effective for a guard trying to stop a big…
VIDEO: Brian Shaw post defense
VIDEO: Brian Shaw shooting drills