Nuggets name Brian Shaw coach

Nuggets name Brian Shaw coach
June 24, 2013, 6:15 pm
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DENVER - A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw has agreed to succeed George Karl as coach of the Denver Nuggets.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal hadn't been officially announced.

The Nuggets called a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to introduce their new coach.

Shaw was thought to have been a candidate to replace Doc Rivers as coach of the Celtics. Shaw was drafted by the Celtics in 1988. Rivers left the Celtics job after nine years to become Los Angeles Clippers coach. The Celtics will receive an unprotected 2015 draft pick as compensation for letting Rivers out of his contract.

The Denver Post first announced the agreement with Shaw, and the former Phil Jackson pupil told the newspaper he's been ''prepared by the best of the best'' for his first NBA head coaching job.

Shaw is a former NBA guard and longtime assistant NBA coach who has interviewed about a dozen times for head coaching positions but kept coming up short until Monday.