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Denver Nuggets Has Hired a Black Head Coach, Brian Shaw

by Courtney Jacobs
AFRO Staff Writer

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    Denver Nuggets new head coach Brian Shaw speaks during an NBA basketball news conference where he was introduced in Denver on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (APPhoto/EdAndrieski)

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One of the most sought after coaches in the NBA has found a new home.

According to an NBA source, Brian Shaw has signed a three-year deal to become the Denver Nuggets’ 20th head coach. Shaw’s contract includes an option for a fourth year, and he will collect an annual salary in the $2 million range.

The job will be Shaw’s first head coaching stint. He was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under Phil Jackson for six seasons, and was an associate coach with the Indiana Pacers under head coach Frank Vogel for the past two seasons.

“I’m proud to say that I’m from the Phil Jackson tree and proud to say I’m from the Frank Vogel tree,” Shaw told The Denver Post. “In terms of a system, that’s still up in the air. I have to familiarize myself with the roster a lot more."

Shaw was also interviewed by the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets to fill their head coaching vacancies. However, Jason Kidd claimed the Nets coaching position, and the Clippers eventually traded for Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

“There’s no hard feelings,” Shaw told ESPN. “I’m a pretty patient person by nature anyway, so although it did test my patience at times, it turned out the way it [was] supposed to be and I’m happy to be in Denver. I’m just looking forward to getting started.”

Shaw was originally drafted by the Celtics, and played as a guard in the NBA from 1988 to 2003. He won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 to 2002 under Jackson. He collected two more championship rings as an assistant coach with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.