Amid the smoldering ash of Jason Kidd’s Bucks tenure sits the NBA’s best open coaching job

When considering the news that the Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd as their head coach Monday afternoon, it’s important to remember how Kidd came to have the job in the first place. Four years ago, Kidd went to Brooklyn Nets ownership and asked for complete control of basketball operations, shortly after a tumultuous first year as coach. When that request was denied, the Bucks — then and now co-owned by

Jamal Murray’s career-high 38 points propels Denver Nuggets to win over Portland Trail Blazers

Jamal Murray drove hard to the basket out of a timeout, absorbed the contact by Evan Turner and still pushed the ball into the basket. Then Murray calmly sank what turned out to be the game-winning free throw. And thus continues a wild week for the Nuggets’ 20-year-old point guard. After spending Wednesday and Thursday in the NBA’s concussion protocol, Murray put up his second consecutive 30-point game by pouring

Milwaukee Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising end to Kidd’s three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made the playoffs twice. Giannis Antetokounmpo turned into an All-Star under his watch, and the Bucks were considered an emerging force in the East at the start

Former Nugget Jusuf Nurkic has “no relationship” with Michael Malone, hopes his story with Denver is over

Jusuf Nurkic walked down a familiar Pepsi Center hallway Monday offering hugs, handshakes and short conversations to old friends along the way. Then he stepped into the unfamiliar visitors’ locker room. Nurkic has played his former team three times since last year’s trade. But Monday marked his first time back in Denver with the division-rival Trail Blazers, the latest benchmark for Nurkic as he aims to close the circle on

Everything you need to know about Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets

When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: Pepsi Center TV/Radio: ALT; 950 AM Spotlight on Jusuf Nurkic: The former Nugget returns to Denver for the first time since being dealt to the Trail Blazers at last year’s trade deadline. After Nurkic dominated the first two matchups against his former team, Denver big man Nikola Jokic returned the favor in a December win at Portland with 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Michael Malone wants Denver Nuggets’ offense to return to up-tempo style

In a moment of reflection after Friday’s loss to Phoenix, Michael Malone realized he is calling more set plays than in his first two seasons as the Nuggets’ coach. That’s an indicator of a Denver offense that has lost its way during a rough January, Malone said. To snap out of a 2-6 funk that has put the Nuggets (23-23) out of the Western Conference playoff picture, Malone said they

What “changes” could be coming for Denver Nuggets?

After another stunning home loss Friday to the Phoenix Suns, Nuggets coach Michael Malone again blasted his team’s effort. Then, he stressed it’s time to turn talk into action. “I have to make some changes,” Malone said. “ … I don’t like our team right now. I don’t like where we’re headed. I don’t like how we’re playing. I don’t like how we’re competing on a nightly basis.” Malone did

The Morning After: 7 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ home loss to Phoenix Suns

The Denver Nuggets suffered another stunning home defeat Friday night, falling 108-100 to Phoenix in their sixth loss in eight games. Here are seven takeaways from the outing: 1. Starting lineup shakeup. Coach Michael Malone said at shootaround Friday that, moving forward, the opponent’s personnel would be the primary dictator of the Nuggets’ starting frontcourt. Trey Lyles got the nod for his second start of the season against the Suns

Nothing to see here. Just Charlie Blackmon and Von Miller hanging out together at a Nuggets game.

The sports stars in the Denver universe aligned Friday night. Denver Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller was spotted Friday courtside at the Nuggets game hanging out with none other than Rockies all-star Charlie Blackmon. Both have become regulars at the Nuggets’ games at Pepsi Center. Unfortunately, the multi-millionaire duo didn’t get to see the best game, as the Nuggets fell to the Suns 108-100. There was some excitement in the

Denver Nuggets’ comeback falls short against Phoenix Suns as tailspin continues

Jamal Murray tried to single-handedly will the Nuggets back into the game, slamming home two thunderous dunks before finishing a finger roll layup to start the third quarter. Denver needed the burst after another disastrous second quarter against Phoenix. But unlike these teams’ first meeting three weeks ago — when the Nuggets used a dominant second half to cruise to victory — Denver could not complete a comeback in a

Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray upgraded from doubtful to questionable to play Friday vs. Phoenix

After missing Wednesday’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers while going through the NBA’s concussion protocol, Nuggets starting point guard Jamal Murray has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable to play Friday against Phoenix. Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team’s medical staff will further evaluate Murray before the game, but is “optimistic” Murray will be able to return against the Suns. Prior to Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles, Malone

WATCH: LeBron James makes no-look, behind-the-back assist to Dwyane Wade

#LeBronJames goes behind his back and through the opening to find Dwyane Wade!#AllForOne — NBA (@NBA) January 19, 2018 Just LeBron doing LeBron things. Late in the first quarter of the Cavaliers-Magic game, Cleveland forward LeBron James grabs a deflected pass, throws a no-look, behind-the-back bounce pass through Orlando forward Aaron Gordon’s legs to find Dwyane Wade for the easy layup.

Arron Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting with Nemanja Bjelica

NEW YORK — Orlando’s Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica. Afflalo punched Bjelica in the head in the fight that took place with 7:28 left in the second quarter of the Magic’s 108-102 victory on Tuesday. Though both players were ejected after Bjelica put Afflalo in a headlock, only Afflalo was punished Thursday by NBA executive vice president

LeBron James, Stephen Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

NEW YORK — LeBron James and Stephen Curry will be the captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game. James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from a pool of the rest of the NBA’s best for next month’s game in Los Angeles. The format was changed from the traditional East vs. West matchup for the first time

Danilo Gallinari on departure from Denver Nuggets: “It was not a bad breakup”

LOS ANGELES — Wearing a gray designer suit, Danilo Gallinari stopped in front of the Nuggets’ locker room at Staples Center and wrapped head of team security Bobby Simmons in a pseudo headlock. The playful greeting illustrated six years of relationships that cannot be broken by a summer sign-and-trade. Wednesday’s matchup between Denver and the Clippers also doubled as Gallinari’s first chance to reunite with his former team, following an

Everything you need to know about Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets

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The Morning After: 7 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ loss at Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES — The Denver Nuggets committed a boatload of turnovers and sputtered down the stretch in a key 109-104 loss to the Clippers Wednesday night to drop to ninth place in the Western Conference at 23-22. Here are seven takeaways from the defeat: 1. Taking this outside. Denver shot 43.3 percent from the floor and 5-of-25 from 3-point distance. A team-high eight long balls (with one make) were taken

Denver Nuggets blow big leads as Los Angeles Clippers rally to win

LOS ANGELES — Down two points with 14.6 seconds remaining, Will Barton ultimately ended up with the basketball and free space to drive the left baseline. But the ball popped high into the air before he could get a shot off. In the end, it was just another Nuggets turnover, coach Michael Malone said. One of 17 in the second half as Denver again faltered down the stretch in a

NBA calls Chris Paul, James Harden “peacemakers” as others get suspensions

In the immediate aftermath of the contentious Rockets-Clippers game Monday, reports indicated that former Clipper Chris Paul led a group of Houston teammates, including James Harden, down a secret tunnel at Staples Center to enter the Los Angeles locker room and confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers. It remains unclear whose idea it was to do that, but on Wednesday, the NBA described Paul and Harden as “peacemakers” while it