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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 before falling short last year hopes to recapture some of its consistent excellence.
If the Nuggets pursue a veteran replacement for Shaw, a track record of demonstrated success would be nice. They need a coach who has won big, one whose tactics figure to lead to sustainable success.
Alternatively, if Denver wants a younger option, he should be able to relate to the players currently on the roster.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, “Denver hasn’t started to consider long-term candidates” for its coaching job yet. The “organization needs to decide direction and then look at best fits.”
The Nuggets are in luck: Here are a few long-term answers worth considering.
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