Denver Nuggets

Sorry Nuggets players — no more junk food for you! Coach Brian Shaw is blaming the Nuggets’ slow starts on pizzas and nachos & he’s now banning it from the locker room.  Details after the jump…



Via YahooSports:

…What the team still hasn’t figured out, though, is why Denver plays so poorly at the outset of games. The Nuggets are far and away the worst first quarter team in the NBA, and most League Pass watchers that witness those sorts of slow starts are shocked to see the team in top form in the fourth quarter, on their way toward yet another win.

Pressed for a reason behind this, Shaw decided to do a little housecleaning last week. Greasy fast food is off the pregame menu for Nuggets players, because there’s no way anything that is dripping with cheese is going to put you in place to roar out of the gate in the first quarter. 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.