Report: Nuggets to interview Lionel Hollins on Saturday

ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne has reported that “Lionel Hollins will interview with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, according to a source.”

Earlier this week, Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reported that the Pacers and the Grizzlies had, respectively, granted the Nuggets permission to talk to Brian Shaw and Hollins in their pursuit to find a replacement for fired head coach George Karl.

As such, getting interviews scheduled is naturally the next step in the process, although there does not appear to be any word yet on Denver getting an interview scheduled with Shaw.

Nuggets fans will undoubtedly have a wide range of opinions on who the best candidate is, who the best match is for the current roster, and whether it would be better to promote Melvin Hunt from within or seek to bring in someone from the outside.

But no matter where one comes down on the specifics, it’s good to know that Josh Kroenke and the Nuggets organization are assertively exploring their options, and getting into the thick of the hunt for the league’s top coaching talent.

As always, stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company for further developments and analysis of this rollercoaster offseason.


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  • dynamo.joe

    By all means, bring in the coach who just got fired for doing all the things that just got GK fired.

    Way to think right in the center of that box you just got out of.

    • ryanvdonk

      karl got fired for loosing in the first round regularly and not playing the young players…which of these two does that? shaw’s never been a head coach and hollins was just in the WCF.

      • sherlock

        The reason Karl got fired is 2 fold. 1. The first round playoff losses. 2. HIs refusal to play young players that the front office wanted to see more of. That’s why I don’t want to see Hollins hired, he refused to play certain players in Memphis that their front office wanted played. I think hiring Hollins is more of the same thing we got from Karl. Brian Shaw on the other hand I feel will think outside of the box, know that we are an uptempo team but have a half court game to fall back on. Also bringing Indiana’s defensive schemes. Shaw could be a bust, but I’d like to see us roll the dice rather then play it safe with Karl 2.0 (Hollins).

        • dynamo.joe

          Yeah, basically. He over played Rudy Gay and refused to play Ed Davis. Bringing in Hollins might mean we get a different set of ‘trust guys’, but given that he liked Rudy Gay, a guy who has been woefully unproductive nearly his entire career, it seems unlikely he would pick players who can actually win games.

          • sherlock

            That’s exactly what I mean, more of the same as far as player treatment/development. Memphis wanted to see what they had in Ed Davis, but bcuz he was apart of the deal that sent Gay to Toronto Hollins refused to let him see the court. Same stuff GK did, we have a DEEP bench use it see what we have. What if JHam is a J.R. Smith? Maybe we don’t need the ball hog things that come with that type of player but I bet we could package him and ship him off for a big piece.

  • Mikey K

    Gee, a coach who told his Front Office to pound sand. That’ll work well.

    He won’t work with the roster. I’d like to see an interview with Shaw FIRST. I’d have figured him headed to NJ, but since they went with Kidd, he’s still out there.

    And no to Hunt. Kroenke fired Karl for a reason. Why the hell would he hire one of his assistants that was instrumental in creating and running the system that Josh said needed change?

  • D3Ntilthe3ND

    I don’t know…. Look at his fingers.

    • LobCiudad

      He’s got a case of Denzel Washington fingers. Yikes.

  • Poz303

    Apparently Brian Shaw in Denver today (Friday) interviewing for Nuggets HC position.

    • sherlock

      Come on Shaw!! haha

  • LobCiudad

    Please not Hollins. Mad respect for the guy, but he doesn’t fit the system in place.

    • Alex

      he does he wanted memphis to be a fast break team but couldnt. so he turned them into a defense team

      • Cullen

        But he’s also George Karl 2.0 with how he handles young players and blows off the front office… so… yeah.

  • Alex

    people who say he doesnt fit our team, doesnt know anything about his coaching. when he first got to Memphis he tried getting them too run, but that didnt work out. so he had to go to defense style and succeed that way. he can coach the running style. better than Shaw who id dont want hired because he would be worse than hollins. Y get coach who teaches defense and cant coach the running style over a experienced coach who knows how to run the fast pace.

    • dynamo.joe

      Because thinking Rudy Gay is your best player invalidates your opinions about basketball.

      • sherlock

        Haha bingo!!

    • Mikey K

      Also, if you’re going to tell your front office to pound sand IN PUBLIC, is that really the kind of drama this team needs? The Nuggets are barely over Melo and the crap that was his wanting NY or nothing.

      I’d rather give an assistant a shot. One who comes from a team or coach that has had success in the league. That’s why I say Shaw. He has been in Indy on an up and coming team, one that will compete for a Championship for the next few years at least and also there’s that whole Phil Jackson thing.

      I wouldn’t even mind going to a former player. I thought I heard that most of the recent successful HCs were former point guards. A couple come to mind.

  • Tonia01

    Gallo just announced he has no torn ACL, no need of a second surgery. he will return much sooner than predicted. That’s an incredible good news

    • dynamo.joe

      None of this makes any sense. 1st we are told torn ACL but no other damage to knee. Then he has surgery on meniscus. Then announce ACL surgery scheduled. And now you say no ACL tear.

      • Tonia01

        Goes to his facebook page and you cas watch his videomessage. It is in Italian though. He said that the ACL went through an innovative treatment after his first surgery. I am not an expert so cannot say more

        • dynamo.joe

          I am not saying you are lying. I am saying SOMEONE is either incompetent or lying.

          • Fraser Nixon

            Not incompetent, just unlucky. ACL is tough to tell what has happened just from MRI’s and scans. Gotta actually open up the knee to find out the true extent of the damage. Great news is he doesn’t need a full reconstruction and will heal much BETTER and faster than if there was a completely torn ACL

    • TomRMC

      From what I understand, it was a _partially_ torn ACL, while they were expecting a _fully_ torn ACL. So it takes fewer surgeries, and less rehab, to fix.

  • Trafalgar Law

    come on Shaw or hunt!!

  • dynamo.joe

    So, Iggy is definitely opting out. Hopefully that means we can get him for $60M/5yr, player option for year 5.

    Anyone know when this changes the cap holds for the Nuggets? Does it change as soon as he opts out or when he signs a new contract?

    Just wondering how it effects our ability to play the free agent market.

    • Fraser Nixon

      I’m hoping the same contract Ty signed last year- 4yrs/44m

  • Charliemyboy

    Hey, anyone out there that wants to work for our great organization?