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March 5, 2015 Updates

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

“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

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

Marc Stein: Coaching sources say Nuggets will take a long-term view on finding replacement for B-Shaw, but there are a couple key names to watch already. Former Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni and former Nuggets guard Avery Johnson likely to be contenders for post. Alvin Gentry another strong name. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

As for Shaw's eventual replacement, a person with knowledge of Mike D'Antoni's thinking told USA TODAY Sports that he would have a strong interest in returning to the place where he started his NBA coaching career. Before rising to relevance with the Phoenix Suns during their "Seven Seconds or Less" era and later coaching the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, D'Antoni's Nuggets went 14-36 when he took over midway through the 1998-99 season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process. Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is believed to be among the likely candidates, along with Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin. USA Today Sports

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. NBA.com

 

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