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Denver general manager Tim Connelly conducted a sit-down with D’Antoni in California on Tuesday, league sources said. D’Antoni’s vaunted running game fits into Denver’s determination that it wants to play faster in the future. Melvin Hunt, the interim coach in the wake of Brian Shaw’s firing, remains a strong contender to retain the full-time job, league sources said.
Former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is interested in replacing Gentry as the Warriors associate head coach, a source told Yahoo Sports. Shaw is an Oakland native who attended Warriors practice on Saturday. The Shaw family recently moved back to their Oakland Hills home.
Marc J. Spears: Brian Shaw is an Oakland native who attended Warriors practice today. The Shaw family also moved back to their Oakland Hills home today, too
Robert C: Brian Shaw would be my choice to replace Gentry / Tim Kawakami: Also a very interesting possibility. Great coach, but hasn’t run a Kerr-Gentry style offense.
This week, the Nuggets turn up the heat on their search for a new coach. The process is expected to take most if not all of the month. The Nuggets are looking to replace Brian Shaw, who was fired in the second half of the season. Their list of candidates is believed to include, but is not limited to Melvin Hunt, who took over as interim head coach when Shaw was fired; former NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni; Golden State assistant coach Alvin Gentry; and Scott Brooks, recently fired as Oklahoma City coach. The Nuggets are looking for a coach who will institute a fast-paced style.
Earlier this season, now-former Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw said that he tried motivating his lackadaisical roster that seemed to quit on him repeatedly by rapping a pre-game scouting instruction. On Saturday, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson posted a snippet of the rap on his Instagram.
Denver executives have been very happy with the job done by interim coach Melvin Hunt, per sources. And while the Nuggets will conduct a thorough search for a new coach after the season, Hunt’s performance since taking over for Brian Shaw earlier this month will earn him some consideration for the job.
Coach Derek Fisher said he has been in contact with Shaw. “We’ve touched base,’’ Fisher said. Shaw could wind up on the Knicks’ staff next season with his Jackson/Fisher/triangle ties.
Brian Shaw played in Orlando and now he relishes the chance to return as the Magic’s head coach. A person close to Shaw told the Orlando Sentinel that the former Magic guard would “absolutely” be “very interested” if or when the job opens.
West played under Shaw when he was a Pacers assistant from 2011-13. After Shaw was fired Tuesday as Nuggets coach, West, in an apparent reference to the team’s lack of maturity, told Vigilant Sports: “No grown-ups on the roster. You can’t win without grown-ups.” “I saw it,” Chandler said before Wednesday’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. “I mean, it’s probably true, but he’s entitled to his own opinion. I’m not saying we’re immature. We just need to be professionals all the time. … Winning games, I mean, is on the players and coaches, so it probably did (contribute to losses).”
Now, what Shaw is going to have to work on is his ego management — and I’m talking of his players, not himself. In every situation he coached before coming to Denver, he had no-nonsense players. They approached every day on the job with the professionalism and hard work expected of players at this level. What he got in Denver was a locker room with too many individuals who had to be continually ridden to do the right thing. And then his brutally honest words didn’t sit well with those guys.
Chris Mannix: Fascinating to hear players like Kevin Garnett and David West just light the Nuggets players up. Shows a deep respect for Brian Shaw.
On Tuesday morning, former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw got in a few final words with his team before leaving the Pepsi Center for the last time after being fired. On Wednesday, he released a statement through his agent, Jerome Stanley. “Having been a part of 5 NBA Championship teams, I know how difficult it is to make the commitment necessary to achieve that goal,” said Shaw, who began by thanking Stan and Josh Kroenke as well as Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly and Nuggets fans. “It takes sacrifice for the greater good … and time, for a club to get to the championship level. Players, coaches, management and ownership all must share that commitment and build toward that goal. It is not an easy task. I am very proud of the effort that my staff and I put in while coaching the team. I also appreciate the support that I received from the KSE group. Finally, I believe that the Nuggets will grow to be a championship level club and give the fans in Denver a much deserved Championship. In time.”
“Brian will be fine,’’ Fisher said. “He’s as tough as they come mentally and physically. I’m sure he’s disappointed in the decision. … I think he’ll be fine and find a landing spot. He’s tough and smart enough to find his way wherever he wants to be.” Jackson withdrew himself from pursuing Shaw during the offseason when Denver president Josh Kroenke released a statement saying his coach was going nowhere. “[Kroenke] made a statement they’re not willing to let Brian Shaw go — I respect that,” Jackson said at the time. “It’s intrusive to approach another organization to ask for their coach. I would feel badly for someone to ask to speak to my coach.”
After Steve Kerr backed out of Jackson’s offer to coach the Knicks, The Post reported exclusively in May Jackson preferred Shaw, a triangle-offense guru, over Derek Fisher, but was leery of going down that path because of the compensation he would have had to give the Nuggets. Shaw served under Jackson with the Lakers as either a scout or assistant coach from 2003-11. It’s doubtful Jackson would move to replace Fisher after giving him a five-year contract, but adding Shaw as another veteran triangle voice on the Knicks coaching staff next season is entirely possible.
“It’s unfortunate,” coach Vogel said of Shaw’s firing. “It’s a tough business. He’s a hell of a basketball coach, a hell of a good man, and I’m sure he’ll land on his feet. I just know that he’s very strongly responsible for what we’ve built here, the impact that he had here in his two years. I’m sure he’ll land on his feet very soon.”
“That’s bulls—, man,” David West told me, clearly irked by the news. “That’s bulls—. [Denver’s front office] never gave him a team. No grown-ups on the roster. You can’t win without grown-ups.”
A friend of Shaw’s said he would have considered it an ideal opportunity being the Knicks head coach under Jackson had the Nuggets fired him after last season. “He will coach again,’’ said the friend, who would not speculate on whether Shaw would be interested in joining the Knicks as an assistant.
Vogel is open to bringing Shaw back on staff, but says it’s not something he’s concerned with at the moment. “Not right now,” he answered. “We’ll talk about that in the offseason. I would love an opportunity to work with him again. I would always welcome that. Right now, we’ve got three great assistant coaches here.”
The Denver Nuggets have relieved Brian Shaw of his head coaching duties, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Additionally, Melvin Hunt has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Sam Amick: With Brian Shaw out in Denver, I’m told Mike D’Antoni would definitely have interest in the job.
Greg Rappaport: “Hell of a basketball coach and a hell of a good man,” Vogel says of Shaw, who was dismissed from the Nuggets earlier today.