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Report: Brian Shaw interested in coaching Magic

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at Pepsi Center on January 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 93-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Doug Pensinger

The Nuggets fired Brian Shaw.

But a string of current players – David West, Paul George and Kevin Garnett – have blamed Denver’s players for Shaw’s demise. Even current Nugget Wilson Chandler said there was truth in those statements.

Could Shaw land on his feet with the Magic, who fired Jacque Vaughn this season?

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Brian Shaw played in Orlando and now he relishes the chance to return as the Magic’s head coach.

A person close to Shaw told the Orlando Sentinel that the former Magic guard would “absolutely” be “very interested” if or when the job opens.

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The book isn’t necessarily closed on Shaw’s head-coaching career, but I wouldn’t hire him until he’s had another run as an assistant. He needs to communicate better with players as a head coach, and hopefully his experience in Denver gives him perspective to work on that even while not in the lead chair.

Despite all his efforts, he really couldn’t connect with the Nuggets. That’s too damaging and too recent to entrust him with another team now – especially when Orlando will have plenty of interested candidates, reportedly including Scott Skiles, from which to choose.