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Report: Nuggets eyeing Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins and maybe Alvin Gentry

Jun 7, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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George Karl’s firing might have shocked most people, but it didn’t shock the Nuggets brass, who had clashed with the coach and – by definition – had to see the move coming. So, it stands to reason they would, or at least should, have a plan in place to find Karl’s replacement.

Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post:

And in the aftermath of George Karl’s firing Thursday, the team is expected to look hard at Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins, according to a league source. The Nuggets may also look at Alvin Gentry, a source said.

With Masai Ujiri in Toronto, it’s unclear from the outside who is running the search, though that might be more firm within the organization. Even if it is, the Clippers and Nets will give Denver plenty of competition for Shaw and Hollins.

The Nuggets have an attractive roster too, but it’s probably helpful to have what seems like a fallback candidate in Gentry.

  1. 2bemoore43 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    dear Mitch K.,
    PLEASE give Jerry Sloan a call ASAP

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      how many jobs will Shaw and Hollins be linked to…….
      I guess everyone.

  2. chrisco716 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Nuggets management and some Nuggets fans seem to over-optimistically think the Nuggets without Coach Karl will make the NBA finals next year. It seems more likely that the low budget and “no” let me repeat “no” all-star Nuggets will be hard pressed to win 40 games next year and will not make the playoffs. Without Karl it seems OKC, Memphis, San Antonio, GS, Houston and the Clips will all finish ahead of the Nuggets. And perhaps the Lakers, Dallas and Utah will, too. An 8th or 9th place finish seems more likely than a top 3 finish without Karl’s frenetic, fast-paced, fan friendly system that works so well at altitude. With Karl… the Nuggets would win 50 or more again. Without Karl the Nuggets will be hard-pressed to win 40. What Denver management just did would be as if the Moneyball Oakland A’s would have fired Art Howe and Billy Beane for not winning the World Series in 2002. That would have been nuts. What Denver just did letting Ujiri go and firing Karl was nuts. Good luck to whoever coaches the no all-star Nuggets next.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Shaw should take the clipper job

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