One of the biggest surprises of the NBA offseason involved the Denver Nuggets as they finished with one of the best records during the regular season in the Western Conference at 57-25. So when things didn’t work out with Coach of the Year George Karl, it came as quite the surprise as he played a big role in the team’s success, but the two sides unfortunately just had their differences when it came to him receiving a new long-term deal.
Now, after a long search, it appears the Nuggets have found their head coach for the 2013-14 season–Brian Shaw.
As crazy as it sounds, Shaw has seemed like one of those players that was long overdue for a head coaching job as many believed he would land the gig with the Brooklyn Nets before they decided to go with Jason Kidd. There was even interest on Shaw’s end with possibly joining the Boston Celtics after they sent Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, but that obviously won’t be happening now.
After spending last season as an associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers, it will be interesting to see what Shaw is capable of now that he’ll be running the show with one of the most talented teams from the Western Conference last season. As mentioned before, Shaw seems like the type of assistant head coach that’s been long overdue when it comes to landing a head coaching job and if anybody deserves a shot at coaching the Nuggets–it would be him.
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