Brian Shaw hired as new Denver Nuggets coach

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DENVER — The Nuggets have hired Brian Shaw as the team’s new head coach.

The Denver Post reports the assistant with the Indiana Pacers will take over the Nuggets following a 57-win season that saw the firing of coach George Karl and departure of general manager Masai Ujiri.

Shaw tells the Denver Post, “I’m just very appreciative of the opportunity to lead this team. It’s been 11-12 interviews I’ve gone through and I’ve felt I’ve been prepared by the best of the best.”

He’s not kidding. Shaw won multiple championships as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000′s with legendary coach Phil Jackson leading the way.

He was later an assistant in Los Angeles under Jackson.

Recently he was an assistant with Indiana and the Pacers went to the Eastern Conference finals this season. The Nuggets made a first-round exit in the Western Conference playoffs.

He’s been a coach for nine years, but this is his first head coaching job.

The Nuggets called a news conference for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday to introduce Shaw.

Nuggets player Ty Lawson reacted to the news on Twitter Monday night: