Nuggets Hire Brian Shaw as Head Coach
Brian Shaw will be the new coach of the Denver Nuggets, according to an NBA source.
The Indiana Pacers assistant coach and former Phil Jackson pupil will finally get a crack at being a head coach, taking over for George Karl, who was fired this month.
Shaw has agreed to take over the Nuggets, a team that won 57 games last season and is loaded with young talent. Lionel Hollins, the former Memphis Grizzlies coach, was Denver’s other top candidate for the position.
Shaw, 47, has a reputation as being a players’ coach and a player developer, notably with rising star Paul George, the Pacers forward who was an all-star in 2012-13. Shaw is adept at coaching the triangle offense, which Jackson utilized while coaching the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, but it’s uncertain how much Shaw will utilize this offensive set with a team that thrived in a fast-paced, free-flowing system under Karl, at least in the regular season.