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April 28, 2015 Updates

While Monty Williams is under scrutiny in New Orleans, at least he has a contract for next season. His assistants, including the highly regarded Bryan Gates, do not. Assistant coaches are often forgotten when teams contemplate head coaching changes, and they're especially at risk when -- like Denver's Melvin Hunt -- they are elevated to interim head coach when an in-season change is made. Depending on what the Nuggets do with their coaching search, Hunt could wind up back with George Karl as an assistant in Sacramento, league sources said. CBSSports.com

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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

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

April 17, 2015 Updates

The Nuggets need a bona fide star. Can Gallo be an all-star in this league? "It's my goal. It has been in my mind since I came in the league. ... There is something in my mind that tells me I have a chance to go to the All-Star Weekend," said Gallinari, looking forward to next season after needing almost two years to regain his form after a knee injury in 2013 led to the downfall of the Nuggets in the playoffs and the nasty divorce between Karl and Kroenke. Denver Post

Lawson can move at warp speed with the basketball and he's not a bad dude, but he's far from a leader. While he did not deem it necessary to make himself available to the media on the day his teammates cleaned out their lockers at the Pepsi Center, my educated guess is Lawson dreams of playing in a city with brighter lights than Denver. So here's a suggestion: Trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Use Lawson as bait in an attempt to move up in the NBA draft, in the likely event the Nuggets fail to get unbelievably lucky in the lottery and cash in on their 15 percent chance to land one of the top three picks. Denver Post

April 16, 2015 Updates


Carmelo Anthony is way up there, but can't beat two legends from the run-and-gun teams of the 80's.


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