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Whether you think Shaw deserves to stay or needs to go, there is indisputable disinterest from a fanbase that was largely skeptical from the moment Karl was fired. That may be one reason that, according to two NBA sources, the name to keep an eye on in the unlikely event the Nuggets move away from Shaw would be Mike D'Antoni. D’Antoni’s system is an entertaining, fast-paced attack that inspired the book, :07 Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns by Jack McCallum. His tenure in Phoenix included a record of 253-136, two appearances in the conference finals and Coach of the Year honors in 2005. If declining consumer interest is a concern to ownership as one would expect, D’Antoni’s philosophy could help in that area. ESPNDenver.com

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One name omitted from the list of candidates is Mike D’Antoni, who spent five seasons in charge of the Suns while Griffin worked in the front office. D’Antoni, however, is not considered a strong candidate in this coaching search. Akron Beacon Journal

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Second, the coach must be able to coexist with Bryant. The Bryant-D’Antoni relationship deteriorated to the point where the pair barely spoke by the end of their tenure together. Even in D’Antoni’s first season in L.A., when the Lakers still managed to win 28 of their final 40 games to make the playoffs, there was conflict. ESPN.com

Bryant would often use the Lakers’ shootaround time to receive treatment in the training room. When D’Antoni thought this was causing a disconnect between Bryant and his teammates, the coach asked the star guard to change his routine, according to a league source. As a compromise, Bryant still often used shootaround for treatment, only he had the training table brought out next to the practice court so he was physically present, technically, during the sessions. After playing such a long time at an elite level, it was understandable for Bryant to need extra time to get his body ready, but it led to occasions on the court where the team would be executing one way based on adjustments made during shootaround that morning -- and Bryant would be executing another. ESPN.com

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Bryant told the Lakers several weeks ago that he didn’t want to play for D’Antoni next season when he returns from a knee injury. D’Antoni also knew of the team’s plans for the re-signing of Gasol this summer when he becomes a free agent. So if he had stayed on, it promised to get ugly quickly and he probably wouldn’t have lasted past Thanksgiving. Once his brother Dan left his seat on the Lakers’ bench and took the Marshall University head coaching job on April 24, that was the biggest tip-off that Mike was done and working on a deal to get out of L.A. In Mike D’Antoni’s previous coaching stints, in Phoenix and New York, Dan was always by his side. New York Daily News

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D'Antoni and his agent, Warren LeGarie, pushed the Lakers to pick up his 2015-16 option year to add stability to his tenure. The Lakers declined to do it for a coach who was 67-87 with them. "In order for Mike to have done his job, we felt that having the option year picked up would have changed the narrative," LeGarie said Wednesday. "They knew that Mike would have been the coach and there would have been a different reaction." Los Angeles Times

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