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Everything hinges, obviously, on the resolution of coach Tom Thibodeau's future (or lack thereof) with the team. Almost no one expects he'll be back for the final two years of his contract, the relationship between him and the team's front office, seemingly, irrevocably broken. When and if Thibodeau is removed, the question of succession will determine the Bulls' future. Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg has been linked to the Chicago job for months, with good reason -- "The Mayor" was a well-liked player and teammate at each of his three NBA stops over a decade-long career, and has made a seamless transition to coaching. Or could the Bulls pull a 180 and bring in a go-go offensive mind like Mike D'Antoni -- the front-runner in Chicago five years ago before, at the last minute, negotiations broke down? NBA.com

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The Nuggets finished the season with Melvin Hunt as their interim head coach. He's in the mix for the job along with others such as Mike D'Antoni and Alvin Gentry. The Nuggets have talked to other candidates as well. "We have a list of traits that we have identified that are incredibly important to us going forward," Kroenke said. "And we've had several conversations with people already to kind of identify if those guys have the traits that we're looking for." Denver Post

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And, of course, outside of Hunt there is Mike D'Antoni, who definitely wants back into coaching and would play the fast style fans have come to like. Alvin Gentry is also in the mix, currently with Golden State, who likes an uptempo game as well combined with more defense. Those are the main names, but expect there to be a wildcard or two included in the bunch before it's all said-and-done. Denver Post

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Q: Did you know all in that he would be all-in when it came to that approach? I can't imagine it was a tough sales job when you told Steve what you wanted to do. Mike D'Antoni: "Well you know I think we both kind of pushed the envelope a little bit. It was so new back then, and everybody was really against it. Other coaches around (were against it). We were kind of going against the wind and against the prevailing philosophies. So being a newer coach here, and having a team, thank God I had the backing of the Colangelos when we first started. And we just kind of pushed it together, in the sense of, 'Well maybe we can do that. Maybe yeah, let's go.' I kept gaining more confidence in him, and vice versa. And we were able to play off each other. "To be honest with you, we could have even pushed it further. I think that just being first in the water, we didn't go to the deep end real quick. It took a while to get to the deep end. But we could have been more, a little bit better approach at that if we had the analytic backing that they're showing you today. We could have been more creative. But being the first out, I'm proud of how it went." USA Today Sports

Q: Who do you like watching, Mike? D'Antoni: "Golden State jumps out at me. You've got to like Oklahoma City. I mean Holy mackerel, watching Westbrook is like sitting on a roller coaster and going a thousand miles an hour. You've never seen anything like that. What he's doing?" Q: You know what's funny? Everybody always brings up Oscar Robertson as the triple-double king – and that's true – but we forget how fast they used to play. This OKC team is not playing at anywhere near the pace of those old Oscar teams, which absolutely makes your head spin. A: "No, it does. And if you watch old films, that ball is flying around and they're going. They're going. I think that if you put today's bodies (of) people and played the way they did, now you're talking. It's interesting. You know what's fun about basketball? It keeps evolving, and it keeps changing a little bit. And the older guys want to try to hold it back to how they grew up, and it's not the same. You've got to change with the times, and some of the guys you've got to drag across the finish line." USA Today Sports

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Though the Nuggets may not begin looking for a long-term candidate until after the season, ex-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is expected to be a front-runner despite his first Denver stint not ending rosily with owner Stan Kroenke. However, according to a person familiar with his thinking, D’Antoni enjoyed living in Denver, where he coached during the 1999 lockout season, more than in Phoenix. He coached the Suns from 2003-2008 before joining the Knicks. New York Post

March 3, 2015 Updates

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

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