Report: Mike D’Antoni interested in coaching Nuggets

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The Nuggets, who just fired Brian Shaw, need a direction.

Mike D’Antoni needs a team that will adapt to his style.

Match made in heaven?

Sam Amick of USA Today:

It had already been reported months ago D’Antoni could be a candidate in Denver, where he began his NBA head-coaching career, if Shaw were fired. But it wasn’t clear whether that previous report came from D’Antoni’s camp or the Nuggets. If it originated with Denver, this mutual interest could be quite telling. If this is just more of D’Antoni expressing his interest, that still something about his persistence.

D’Antoni could fit well with the Nuggets. I think Ty Lawson is up to the challenge of running his offense. Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari exceled when D’Antoni coached him with the Knicks, and Kenneth Faried is at his best playing up-tempo.

I still have major questions about D’Antoni’s ability to coach defense and some questions about his ability to manage players. But he came across very forward-thinking at last weekend’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Multiple times watching him speak, I thought, “I’d want that guy running my team.”

The Nuggets should explore multiple options – but D’Antoni absolutely belongs on their list of candidates.