DENVER - Brian Shaw is the new Nuggets head basketball coach, replacing George Karl. ESPN and The Denver Post reported Shaw agreed to take the job Monday night and an NBA source confirmed the report to 7NEWS' Justin Adams.
"I look at the positive things that they did, the things they did well under George Karl, and try to continue to build on those," Shaw told ESPN. "And in some of the areas where they could use improvement, try to improve in those areas. I want to put my own spin on things, push the right buttons and find the right combinations."
Shaw was considered a hot coaching prospect despite the fact he has no NBA head coaching experience. The 47-year old was the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers. He played in the NBA from 1988-2003. He has won 5 NBA Championships as a player and assistant coach. His first job after he retired was as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers.
About Shaw, Jackson tweeted, "Happy for BShaw, who got the job in Denver today. I think the Nuggets are going to benefit from his tenure. Good team to run system offense."
Shaw helped coach the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, losing to the Miami Heat in 7 games.
"I'm so appreciative for the opportunity to be able to lead this team and for the faith that [Nuggets team president] Josh Kroenke and [general manager] Tim Connelly have put in me. It's been a long time coming. I've been prepared by the best of the best for a long time. I'm just really looking forward to it," Shaw told ESPN.
The team has scheduled a press conference to introduce their new coach Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Pepsi Center's press lounge.