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March 23, 2015 Updates

Now, they have something else in common: They're both serving as interim coaches. Borrego was moved into his current role on Feb. 5, while Hunt was moved into his current role on March 3. "My kindred brother," Hunt said when asked about Borrego. "We may just break down and cry and just hug and [sing] kumbaya at halfcourt before the game," Hunt added. "It's a tough situation to be in, but we're both big boys, and we're both embracing it. He's done an incredible job." Orlando Sentinel

March 18, 2015 Updates

At New Orleans, the Nuggets rested Wilson Chandler, Randy Foye and Darrell Arthur, and won in double overtime. On Monday in Memphis, Hunt sat Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried in a narrow loss to the Grizzlies. Players weren't happy. Hunt said the decision to sit players came from everyone from the front office to the coaching staff. "Our organization is making that decision," Hunt said. "We're all in concert. We're all in it, we're all consulted. We all talk. We, the Denver Nuggets are making the decision." Denver Post

Hunt said he understood fans might not like the strategy, as it would seem to indicate the Nuggets aren't doing everything they can to win. "It's tough on fans, it's tough on the casual fan," Hunt said. "But at the end of the day, we have to make decisions that are going to be best for our organization. We have to be mindful of injury history. We have to be mindful of all of those different things, while at the same time, trying to win. We're going to go out there and try to win with whoever is on the court, whoever is available." Denver Post

"As an organization, we have all been impressed with the job Melvin has done thus far," general manager Tim Connelly said by phone Monday. "When the season concludes, he will be one of the candidates as we begin an exhaustive search to find a head coach." Denver Post

March 17, 2015 Updates

But Melvin Hunt is in the way. He keeps the Nuggets playing hard and playing to win, and he's making the jobs of Denver executives harder — both in regard to getting a high draft pick and hiring a coach. They have to give him serious consideration, right? "As an organization, we have all been impressed with the job Melvin has done thus far," general manager Tim Connelly said by phone Monday. "When the season concludes, he will be one of the candidates as we begin an exhaustive search to find a head coach." Denver Post

March 15, 2015 Updates
March 8, 2015 Updates

If the front office wanted to separate from George Karl ball, will Hunt be saddled as being more of that, much in the same way that being perceived as a "triangle offense guy" hurt Shaw in his initial attempts to get a head coaching job? The question of what kind of basketball the Nuggets want to play will be central in the search. In early conversations with insiders, the issue of experience is a common theme — in specific, the belief that the Nuggets will now move toward a person with previous coaching experience after just trying the hot, up-and-coming assistant route. Working in Hunt's favor is running a system that has proved to work — especially in Denver's thin air. Hunt coached under Karl when those same general managers were naming Denver's offense the best in the NBA in 2011-12 and 2012-13. And there is this question: Was it the system that wouldn't work in the playoffs or not enough high-caliber players running it? Denver Post

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 3, 2015 Updates

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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November 18, 2013 Updates

In an NBA locker room, jabs and insults are scattered around as if everyone's a shooting guard. No one — from equipment guys to transcendent stars — is immune. "Girls get together and say, 'Oh, your hair looks so good,' " said Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt. "Guys, we say, 'You got any hats? You're not going out like that, are you?' ... With the league getting younger, a lot of times this is a college locker room. What did you do in college? You clowned each other. There's a value in it, there's a camaraderie. "The good locker rooms have a bunker mentality. You're a platoon and you're in a bunker, just you and the guys. 'I got your back, you got my back.' We may fight and cuss, but we are still one unit, going against that common enemy. But, they're not all like that." Denver Post

July 16, 2013 Updates
June 19, 2013 Updates

Although names of up-and-coming assistants, like Miami’s David Fizdale and Denver's Melvin Hunt are continuously popping up as top targets, the casual demeanor with which the Sixers have approached the search leads me to believe that they may already have their man, and he may already be in the organization. Several of the organization's key players, including their lone all-star Jrue Holiday, have already voiced their support for current assistant coach Michael Curry. As qualified coaching candidates continue to be snatched up by other teams, it is becoming increasingly clear that Curry may be the man. Philadelphia Inquirer

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