Brian Shaw has finally found a home as a head coach.
After the Los Angeles Clippers had finally secured Doc Rivers for their coaching spot, it seemed that Shaw, who has long been deserving of an opening, was going to have to wait another season. That didn’t seem fair considering all the openings that have taken place among NBA coaches during the offseason.
USAToday.com is reporting that Shaw has sent a text message confirming that he has an agreement to become the Nuggets head coach, replacing the fired George Karl.
The Indiana Pacers will lose an outstanding assistant but it’s a good hire for the Nuggets despite the criticism they took for firing Karl after a 56-win season. While Shaw is known for being a former player and assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, he’s given plenty of credit for the development of young players for the Pacers that have put them on the level as legitimate NBA contenders.
Shaw, however, won’t have time to adjust to the role as head coach. He’ll be expected to not only produce a winner, but to mold his players into the type of group that can surpass the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA West and eventually take a league title.
So while it appeared Shaw was going to be left out of the coaching sweepstakes, he has finally received a job that he should have earned a long time ago. All indications are that he’s going to make Nugget fans forget about Karl in a hurry.