With rocky Denver debut behind him, Shaw has reason for optimism

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Brian Shaw could not guide a young, injury-riddled team to the Nuggets' 11th consecutive playoff berth.

Brian Shaw could not guide a young, injury-riddled team to the Nuggets' 11th consecutive playoff berth.

That's why the Knicks' elimination matters, why Shaw looking to the future with a handful of games remaining should be seen as a good thing. This season is toast -- charred, gritty toast. It's next year that matters, and for Shaw to chalk up the past few months as a learning experience is just fine -- as long as he puts what he learned into practice when next fall rolls around.