"I thought Garoppolo handled himself well there, and expect him to do the same in Seattle," Shanahan said.
When asked about the Canadian's comments, Djokovic, who is on the ATP players' council, agreed.
Many of Europe's biggest clubs can go into Christmas with something to cheer.
Consistent Liverpool scorer and Senegal talisman Mane is favoured to become the second star from his country after El Hadji Diouf to be named Player of the Year.
However, players based in Sydney for the tournament said they weren't worried about smoky conditions.
The Rockets star, who was runner-up in the voting in the past three seasons, was instrumental in the Rockets' run to a league-leading 65 regular-season wins.
Lagardere Sports paid 1 million dollars in 2017 for the TV and marketing rights, but separate judgments ruled the deal illegal because there was no tender process.
Harden, the league's leading scorer in the regular season with an average of 30.4 points per game, appears the favorite to succeed Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook as MVP when the awards are announced on June 25.
Japanese star Kei Nishikori pulled out of the Australian Open and the inaugural ATP Cup Monday as he continues to struggle with an elbow injury that has kept him out since the US Open.
Traditionally a biennial January-February competition, it is slated for April 4 to 25 this year in three southern Cameroon cities, the capital, Yaounde, Douala and Limbe.