You would think a team who is on pace for 51 wins and a playoff spot wouldn’t start shaking things up in the locker room. You might be surprised to find out that Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has enacted a fast food ban in the locker room of his 13-8 team. The team currently sits as the worst first quarter team in the NBA and Shaw is trying to figure out how to get a faster start. From Tom Schad at The Denver Post:
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.
This came after an ugly first quarter, that was part of a 75-74 Nuggets win over the Washington Wizards.
Shaw’s health kick shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Shaw’s wife Nikki, a culinary school attendee, was profiled by the Denver Post in October. In that piece she made it clear that healthy living was important to her and her family.
While there is really no downside to this change in the Denver locker room, it will be interesting to see if it has any effect at all. One thing we can be sure of though, is the Nuggets won’t be giving any business to Peyton Manning’s 21 Denver area Papa John’s any time soon.