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"That passion for coaching is still there," Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo said of Karl. "He's had elite talent to work with before, and there are a few guys on the Kings who are like that." Ty Lawson said Karl would be a good fit for the Kings. "They want to run an up-tempo pace, and George is the perfect coach for that," Lawson said. "He knows how to manage people. (Sacramento) has a great team here, but I haven't really given it much thought if Karl should come here. I'm just concentrating on getting the Nuggets back into the playoffs." Denver Post

January 9, 2015 Updates

But rather than fighting his players' urge to stay out late, Shaw is allowing his players to sleep in. Instead of holding a shootaround in the morning, he asks the players to arrive at the gym later in the afternoon and stay for the night's game. "I'm not going to lie, I'm loving (the afternoon shootaround)," Lawson said after a recent game. "I don't understand getting up at 7:45 a.m. to do shootaround when you're not going to remember it, and you're still tired ... . I'm liking this." ESPN.com

Still, if you talk to coaches around the league, you'll find some pushback on Shaw's moves. Understandably so. Shootarounds hold players accountable and help them go to bed at an earlier hour. Also, there's an idea that if players sleep in, the coach is submitting authority to the players. Job security is an important element here. It's no coincidence that Gregg Popovich and Rivers have been most radical in this department. With front-office power, their jobs aren't on thin ice. ESPN.com

According to general manager Tim Connelly, the Nuggets could see the return of two significant players — center JaVale McGee and forward Danilo Gallinari — in the next week. McGee has missed 17 consecutive games because of complications to the muscle around his surgically repaired left tibia. He's played in only one of Denver's past 23 games. Gallinari has been out since Dec. 22 because of torn meniscus. Denver Post

January 8, 2015 Updates

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Making the trade easier for the Nuggets has been the play of rookie center Jusuf Nurkic, who started for the first time this season on Wednesday night against the Magic. Nurkic entered the game averaging 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in his previous four. He is a plus-9.5 in that span, and only committed seven fouls in those four games. Nurkic shot 53.8 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line in that span. "I think he has shown a lot over the last two weeks by the way he's been playing," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "He has been playing more consistently." Denver Post

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired center Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets. The Cavs, who have been in discussions with the Nuggets for Mozgov for months, are paying a steep price by sending two protected first-round picks to get the deal done. The Cavs will send a future pick they own from the Memphis Grizzlies from a 2013 trade and a first-rounder they acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week in a deal involving Dion Waiters. In addition to Mozgov, the Cavs also get a 2015 second-round pick in return. "It was a deal that we worked on for quite some time," Cavaliers GM David Griffin said. "We're very excited about this. It fits our needs." ESPN.com

January 7, 2015 Updates


Carmelo Anthony is way up there, but can't beat two legends from the run-and-gun teams of the 80's.


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