Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw has agreed to become the Denver Nuggets head coach.
The Denver Nuggets’ job became available when George Karl was fired on June 6. The team won a franchise record of 57 games last season. They also nabbed the third seed in the Western Conference. Despite their performance throughout the regular season, the Nuggets fell to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.
Shaw played in the NBA from 1988 to 2003. During his NBA career, he played for the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers. He won three championships with the Lakers in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Shaw has spent time learning from highly successful coaches in the NBA. He was an assistant coach under Phil Jackson from 2005 to 2011. As an assistant coach for the Lakers, he won two championships in 2009 and 2010. He then joined Frank Vogel’s coaching staff in Indiana. He’s been given credit for developing young players like Paul George and Lance Stephenson.
Although Shaw is adept at coaching the triangle offense, he won’t use the offensive set with the Denver Nuggets. He’ll continue using a fast-paced, free-flowing system.