The Denver Nuggets put up a ton of points last season on their way to the third seed in the West after nabbing 57 wins. Unfortunately for them, they were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Firing their head coach (who was voted Coach of the Year), and losing their most notable talent, Andre Iguodala, the Nuggets are re-thinking their approach to the game this season.
Knowing that they won't be winning another 55 games plus - as pointed out by Andre Miller - the team's new head coach, Brian Shaw, says the run-and-gun Nuggs are going to switch it up and play a brand of "smashmouth" basketball next year.
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."