Best Long-Term Candidates to Replace Brian Shaw with Denver Nuggets

March 3rd, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Brian Shaw's run as Denver Nuggets head coach is over less than two years after it started, which means it's time to look ahead to his replacement.

Per a team release, Shaw's firing, which Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post first reported Tuesday, is now official:

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.

Denver had been in free fall since the All-Star break, and a couple of trade-deadline maneuverings—the team sent Arron Afflalo and JaVale McGee packing—didn't provide enough of a shakeup to correct its downward trajectory.

Now, the Nuggets have to figure out how much of their current core is worth preserving and, more importantly, which available (or perhaps soon-to-be-available head coach) would be best to lead it.

More than anything else, Denver needs stability. The next man in the big chair can't be a short-timer—not if the franchise that made 10 straight playoff trips be ...

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