This week, first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw sat down with veteran forward Wilson Chandler for a pow-wow on ways to get him the ball in spots on the court he likes. Shaw had a question for Chandler: What kind of plays have coaches run for you in the past that you like? Chandler stared back at Shaw before saying, "Coach, I don't know. No coach has ever run plays for me." Shaw was trying to head off a lack- luster game before Chandler had one. Then it happened. Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls at the Pepsi Center, the usually prolific scorer played his most invisible game of the season — maybe the most invisible game of his NBA career. Denver won 97-87, but Chandler took only two shots and went scoreless despite starting and playing 27 minutes. "It was just one of those games," Chandler said. But it was symptomatic of a bigger issue. His hot start after returning to game action from being sidelined more than a month with a hamstring injury was built on adrenaline and fresh legs. The euphoria is wearing off now, and Chandler is settling into the reality that he has to improve before he truly feels comfortable where his shots are coming from in the new offensive system. In his meeting with Chandler, Shaw said he would put together a package of plays designed to get him the ball in various spots on the court, and all Chandler had to do in the next seven to 10 days is give him feedback on what he likes best. "I also talked to Ty (Lawson), Nate (Robinson), Randy (Foye), guys that are on the floor with him," Shaw said. "I think as a point guard, you have to have a feel for 'OK, Wilson hasn't had a touch in a long time; he's not really involved in the game, let me do something.' " That, Shaw said, could be as simple as driving in his direction, handing Chandler the ball and screening his man to get him an open shot. The more intricate stuff to be drawn up falls on Shaw's shoulders.
Brian Shaw determined to get Wilson Chandler's game going
Denver Post | Nov 23