After appearing on every “short-list,” each time there has been a coaching vacancy in the Association; former Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw was introduced on Wednesday to the fans of Denver, as the next head coach of their beloved Nuggets. The “Denver Post” has reported that Shaw was introduced to the fans and the media, at a press conference, at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. The deal according to reports, will pay the first time bench-boss about $2 million per season for three seasons. The rookie coach, replaces veteran George Karl, fired by the team earlier this month.
Shaw, was at one time thought of as the heir apparent to Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, but in an eleventh hour decision, chose former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, to fill the void. Shaw, interviewed for some head coaching openings, before signing on as an assistant for Frank Vogel with the Pacers. The former point guard for the Lakers and Boston Celtics, praised for his style as an assistant, will soon find out if that will transfer to being totally in charge of a squad.
Denver, has always been identified with a run and gun, fast break style; however according to their new coach, they are going to be changing their offensive philosophy. Shaw told reporters “”In the playoffs, the game slows down. You don’t see a lot of games in the 100s, so you have to grind it out. And our Indiana teams, we struggled to score but were a very good defensive team, and that’s something you have to have.”
Karl was named 2013 NBA Coach Of The Year and helped the Nuggets to 57 wins in the regular season, however the team once again made an early exit from the Post Season. The Nuggets do have some young and talented players on their roster, such as point guard Ty Lawson, forward Danilo Gallinari and center JaVale McGee. The question now in the mile high city; will become can Brian Shaw lead this squad to an elusive NBA Finals appearance and an even more sought after NBA Title.