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April 19, 2015 Updates

So if money is no object — or at least not an obstacle — the Nuggets should be in good shape financially in their search for a coach, which, last week, general manager Tim Connelly said had started. "We don't want to put any unnecessary internal time frames on it. There's no deadline. I think the deadline is we want to have a coach as we head into the draft," Connelly said of the June 25 event. "It's a pretty pivotal pick for us, and a pretty pivotal moment. Not just with the draft itself and the chance to make trades, and free agency happens soon thereafter. So if we have to wait, we can wait. But we want to make sure that we talk to all of the quality candidates and pick the best guy." Denver Post

But that's rarified air. And, if the Nuggets move quickly enough so there isn't additional competition, they're sitting in a nice position as one of just two teams — Orlando is the other — in need of a head coach. So an intense bidding war over a particular candidate is an unlikely scenario. And with one coaching search already under his belt, Connelly says he's ready for this one in all areas. "This time we'll certainly have the ability to be a little more pragmatic," he said. "We have a staff in place. I know the team, I know the personnel. I know the guys that are going to work and some of the guys we probably have to think about moving on. I just think I'm more prepared and have a better overall feel for the lay of the land." Denver Post

And while McHale's supporters give Harden and Howard a lot of credit, they still don't understand how the coach isn't listed regularly among the best. "Moneyball has Kevin McHale underrated," Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said. "It's a little upsetting honestly. I don't understand how that is the case, them having the third best record in the league, winning the division in arguably the toughest division ever on an NBA floor. Going into the year, you hear the Rockets barely make the playoffs. Usually all that factors into a guy saying OK, he has done a good job and he is in the conversation for Coach of the Year." Houston Chronicle

April 18, 2015 Updates

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. CBSSports.com

Despite that gap in experience, Blatt does not want to put too much responsibility on James' shoulders. "I think that mentally and emotionally he'll lead the way," Blatt said of James after practice on Friday. "And certainly on the court his example is going to be felt and it's going to be followed. But this all can't be on LeBron. This is a team and a team effort and everyone here has to do his part. The good news is he's a guy that's done it, been there and led teams to the ultimate. He's certainly a guy that the other guys can look towards." ESPN.com

There's been rumors recently about Scott Brooks' job. He's already received endorsements from both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. What's your take? Serge Ibaka: Why are you going to fire him? What has he done? Injuries were not his fault. Why would he go? He has not done anything, he's not responsible for the injuries. He did his best with the team he had. Would other coach do better with a team with so many injuries? What could (Scott Brooks) possibly do about it? The team is with him. You can't blame him for what has happened. HoopsHype

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who played for Billy Donovan at Florida, thinks that his former college coach will make the jump to the NBA. Beal appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and he was asked what kind of pro coach Donovan would make. "I think he'd be great," Beal responded. "I agree with the rumors, I think he'll definitely leave. I think he won't pass that opportunity up too many times, and I think he'll be a tremendous coach. He loves playing in pick-and-rolls, he loves to space the floor and he gives his players freedom, so I think he'll definitely, he'll excel well in the league. CBSSports.com

First I just wanted to get your reaction as head of the NBA Coaches' Association to the Hall's decision not to induct Bill Fitch again this year. Rick Carlisle, coach, Dallas Mavericks: Well, we're disappointed that Bill Fitch didn't get inducted this year. We know that we need to continue to educate everyone on Coach Fitch's accomplishments, because they are unique. He's third all time in games coached with over 2500. He took five different franchises to deep lottery to either championships, Finals, Conference Finals, or playoff success. When you take on those kinds of challenges, you're going to have more losses. His coaching record doesn't shine as bright as some other people that are in (ed note: Fitch has a career .460 win percentage), but with over 25 years of longevity and some of the things he did to change the game, for example, he was one of the early guys using video, to teach players and for scouting. He was a pioneer in that area. He's one of the most well-thought of competitors in the history of our game. CBSSports.com

April 17, 2015 Updates
April 16, 2015 Updates

Although the Orlando Magic's coaching search will focus on a handful of candidates with extensive head-coaching experience, general manager Rob Hennigan said Thursday that James Borrego will be interviewed for the job. Borrego guided the Magic to a 10-20 finish after team officials appointed him interim head coach after Jacque Vaughn's dismissal on Feb. 5. Orlando Sentinel

Magic officials have not held talks with any coaching candidates yet, Hennigan and league sources said. The team also is unlikely to speak with potential hires on Friday because CEO Alex Martins is attending the NBA's Board of Governors meetings in New York. But even though Hennigan is keeping mum about the details of the search — Hennigan on Thursday even declined to name the characteristics the team will seek in its eventual hire — the Magic's clear preference is to find a seasoned head coach. Orlando Sentinel

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