CHICAGO — Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw riped his players after a 117-89 loss at Chicago Friday night.
“It’s our job to try to find five players that want to go out and play. That want to have some pride and not decided night-to-night that I’m going to play this game or not play this game and I felt like tonight we had some guys that just decided that they weren’t going to play tonight,” Shaw said. “They weren’t going to put forth any effort to try to get the job done.”
“As a staff, we have to beg guys to give effort when they play and I told our team that I wish that paychecks were predicated on night-to-night performances,” he said.
The game was another embarrassing loss for Shaw, a first-year coach.
D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists as the Bulls routed the Nuggets for their fifth consecutive victory.
Randy Foye scored 23 points for Denver, which has lost six of seven. Aaron Brooks had 17 on 7-for-11 shooting in 28 minutes in his Nuggets debut.
While Shaw was pleased with the play of his newest players, he sounded frustrated when describing the rest of the roster.
“We act like the big bad wolf against Milwaukee and tonight, nationally televised game, against the Bulls we tuck our tails and we hide,” he said.