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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

The Nuggets, mired in a 10-game home losing streak, broke a huddle coming out of a timeout in Friday's home loss to the Utah Jazz with a chant of "1-2-3 ... Six weeks!" Shaw denied that the team was referring to the end of the season, which is about six weeks away, and said it actually referred to the last time Denver won a home game. "The comment that the players made when they got together and said '1, 2, 3, six weeks!' was the players saying 'This is the end of the six weeks, we're going to get a win tonight on our home court and break the six-week losing spell on our home court.' Not six weeks that it's the end of the season," Shaw said. ESPN.com

 

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