The Denver Nuggets met with Mike D’Antoni about their open head coaching position on Tuesday, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Nuggets are taking their time in their search for a new head coach, and interim coach Melvin Hunt remains a strong candidate to become the full-time headmaster. Hunt took over for Brian Shaw in March and finished the season 10-13.
Nuggets management is reportedly looking to get back to a faster style like they played under George Karl, and D’Antoni would certainly bring that to Denver. The 64-year-old actually coached the Nuggets as an interim coach in the 1998-99 season, going a woeful 14-36. He didn’t coach again until he took over in Phoenix in 2003-04, where he coached for five seasons and revolutionized offense with the Seven Seconds or Less offense.
D’Antoni then coached the New York Knicks for three-plus seasons and the Los Angeles Lakers for nearly two full seasons.
Former Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone has also had preliminary discussions about the job in Denver, and Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports that former Knicks and Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson might get an interview.