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March 5, 2015 Updates

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. Denver Post

What do you see yourself doing in 20 years? John Lucas: Coaching. Pro or college, it doesn't matter. I just want to be a head coach. Booth Newspapers

In fact the Nuggets voted to reinstate morning shootarounds last weekend. But I suspect they would have been reset anyway under interim coach Melvin Hunt. So, they're back to the traditional morning shootaround, which is what most players' bodies are used to anyway. They get used to the routine of getting up, having shootaround, going home to get a nap and then coming in to play at night. Now, that routine is restored. Denver Post

March 4, 2015 Updates

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." Denver Post

Steve Kyler: Borrego said the addition of Igor Kokoskov has been really helpful, as he's brought a blank-slate mentality to the process. Borrego said Kokoskov is seeing the team really for the first time and thats been helpful in crafting the process, in all phases of the game. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

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. New York Post

“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.” New York Post

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. New York Post

“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.” Vigilant Sports

March 3, 2015 Updates

"Overall, I love the city," Frye said. "I love this opportunity to play with these guys. After the [coaching] change, I think it's really for me, in my personal opinion, been a breath of fresh air with J.B. I'm not saying that it wasn't awesome before. But I'm just saying the way his philosophy is a little different, it's a little bit more my style. For me, I've just tried to do the best I can every day, and it's been a learning process. I kind of know I'm not the fan favorite right now. But I think that, for me, I'm just trying to do everything I can to help the team both on and off the court and help us get wins." Orlando Sentinel

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.” Vigilant Sports

Some early names circulating on the front-office grapevine include Michael Malone, who was fired earlier this season in Sacramento. Malone was the lead assistant under Monty Williams in New Orleans when Connelly was there. Bryan Gates, a highly regarded assistant in New Orleans, would be an interesting candidate in the Dave Joerger mold -- having won a D-League championship and four coach-of-the-year awards in the minors before paying his dues as an NBA assistant. CBSSports.com

If the Nuggets decide to play fast and shoot 3-pointers -- as most NBA teams do now -- they could do no better than the coach who revolutionized that style. D'Antoni said Sunday in an interview on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio that he yearns to get back into coaching. D'Antoni's former right-hand man, Alvin Gentry -- now the lead offensive assistant in Golden State -- is expected to receive heavy consideration. CBSSports.com

But given Denver's history over underpaying coaches and front-office executives, the search may veer in the direction of the up-and-coming as opposed to established names. That would favor a candidate like Bryan Gates, or Boston assistant Jay Larranaga, coach of the Irish national team, league sources say. CBSSports.com

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