Head Coach Brian Shaw Banned Junk Food from Denver Nuggets Locker Room

by December 11, 2013

Perhaps inspired by his wife’s zeal for proper nutrition, Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw (quite reasonably) doesn’t want to see his players wolfing down junk food prior to games. Per the Denver Post: “Kenneth Faried couldn’t explain what happened. All he knew is that on the last play of Monday night’s game, the ball left John Wall’s hands and landed in his. It was a gift. Faried hugged that ball as the game’s final seconds ticked away, clutching to the win that he and the rest of the Nuggets had just tried so desperately to give away. Despite their season-low 75 points, 22 turnovers and numerous mistakes in the game’s closing minutes, the Nuggets still somehow emerged with a win, escaping the Verizon Center with a 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards. ‘We missed a lot of open shots. They missed a lot of open shots. I don’t know. It was just terrible basketball,’ Faried said. ‘But it’s like that sometimes. We came out with the win, so we’ll take it.’ […] The Nuggets got off to another slow start Monday night, scoring 18 points in the first quarter. Their previous season low was 88 points, most recently scored five days ago at Cleveland. Shaw has searched for answers to their offensive woes in the first quarters of games. Last week, he walked through the locker room, saw players eating pizza and nachos and believed the poor diet to be the cause. So he picked up all the junk food and threw it in the trash. The Nuggets had fresh salads with chicken breast and cold cut sandwiches before Monday’s game. The sluggish result was the same. ‘We’ll keep searching and seeking until we find (it),’ Shaw said. ‘We just talk about the starters needing to start the game for us. Our bench has been tremendous really this whole season. They’ve bailed us out of a lot of situations.'”