NBA Nuggets hire Brian Shaw to be their next head coach - report
June 25, 2013 8:47am
The Denver Nuggets have hired former Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw to become their next head coach, Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post reported Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Shaw replaces reigning NBA Coach of the Year George Karl, who was not brought back for the final year of his contract.
In an interview with Hochman, Shaw said, "I can't express my appreciation enough.
"It's been a grind to say the least, but I'm just very appreciative of the opportunity to lead this team. ... It's been years, 11-12 interviews I've gone through. And I've felt I've been prepared by the best of the best. You know, everything that's worth something, a lot of times you have to wait for it. I feel like I've waited and paid my dues."
A former first round draft pick in 1988, Shaw most famously had a four-season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2003. He later became an assistant to Phil Jackson, also with the Lakers, before going to Indiana in 2011.
While Shaw can coach the triangle offense like his mentor, he said in the interview that he doesn't plan on using it with the Nuggets, which last season employed an up-tempo, free-flowing style.
"Although I played in the triangle and coached the triangle, I also played in a lot of systems, so that's not something I'm looking to bring to the Nuggets and try to implement," Shaw explained.
Shaw was considered one of the hottest coaching prospects this offseason, attracting attention from the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Under Karl, the Denver Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games and snagged the third seed in the Western Conference. However, they were unable to advance, getting upset by the Golden State Warriors in six games.
Indiana on the other hand finished with a 49-32 record, and lost to eventual champions Miami Heat in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. - AMD, GMA News