Sep 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw speaks during a press conference during media day at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - With new coach Brian Shaw behind the whistle, the Denver Nuggets officially opened the 2013-14 season Tuesday with their first practice at Pepsi Center.
Shaw will spend the next four weeks putting in a more solid halfcourt offense with the idea of going deeper into the playoffs.
"I thought the first practice was informative. We had to introduce a lot of terminology the guys will have to pick up on. But they were attentive for that," Shaw said. "It was a typical first practice where guys got a little tired at the end, a little sloppy. But overall I was happy with what we were able to accomplish."
Under former coach George Karl, who was fired in June, the Nuggets advanced out of the first round of the postseason just once in 10 seasons.
Karl's fast-paced offense worked in the regular season, with an NBA team-record 57 wins last season, but the third-seeded Nuggets again were eliminated from the first round, this time by sixth-seeded Golden State.
"This team won 57 games and it translated into a first-round loss in the playoffs. I'm not at all concerned about putting a number on (regular-season wins)," Shaw said during media day Monday. "I want us to improve daily in practice and game by game, so if we're fortunate enough to make the playoffs, we're prepared and we've gone through everything we need to go through to get us to advance deep into the playoffs."
Said point guard and team leader Ty Lawson: "We have a new team, a new system. We might have hiccups early, but I think we're going to be good. I want to get past the first round and then from there, see what happens."
Forward Danilo Gallinari continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. Gallo said Tuesday after watching practice that he hopes to be back in late November or early December.
The Nuggets' roster had a few changes in addition to a new coaching staff.
Denver added guard Nate Robinson, veteran J.J. Hickson, 3-point shooter Randy Foye and forward Darrell Arthur. Gone are Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer and Kosta Koufos.
"We walked them through offensively what we were looking for," Shaw said Tuesday, "then we showed them defensively how we would defend that particular action."
The Nuggets open the regular season Oct. 30 at Sacramento, with the first home game Nov. 1 against Portland.
Denver's first preseason game is Sunday at the Lakers. The Nuggets have two home preseason games: Oct. 14 against San Antonio and Oct. 23 vs. Phoenix.
Here is the Nuggets' training camp roster:
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School/Country Experience
00 Darrell Arthur F 6-9 235 Kansas 5
23 Reginald Becton F 6-10 257 Mississippi R
21 Wilson Chandler F 6-8 225 DePaul 6
35 Kenneth Faried F 6-8 228 Morehead State 2
6 Kyle Fogg G 6-3 183 Arizona R
94 Evan Fournier G 6-6 200 France 1
4 Randy Foye G 6-4 213 Villanova 7
8 Danilo Gallinari F 6-10 225 Italy 5
1 Jordan Hamilton G/F 6-7 220 Texas 2
7 J.J. Hickson F 6-9 242 North Carolina State 8
5 Damion James F 6-11 230 Texas 3
3 Ty Lawson G 5-11 195 North Carolina 4
34 JaVale McGee C 7-0 250 Nevada 5
24 Andre Miller G 6-2 200 Utah 14
30 Quincy Miller F 6-9 210 Baylor 1
25 Timofey Mozgov C 7-1 250 Russia 3
15 Anthony Randolph F 6-11 225 LSU 5
10 Nate Robinson G 5-9 180 Washington 8
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