Who is Brian Shaw?

On Monday evening Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post reported Brian Shaw has accepted an offer to become the Denver Nuggets new head coach. Though Shaw has been a longtime player and assistant in the league, this will be the first head coaching job of his career. By all accounts, this appears to be a very solid hire as Shaw is one of the more well respected coaches in the NBA. Here is what we know about Shaw and the hire thus far…

From Benjamin Hochman:

“I can’t express my appreciation enough,” Shaw told The Denver Post by phone Monday evening. “It’s been a grind to say the least, but I’m just very appreciative of the opportunity to lead this team. … It’s been years, 11-12 interviews I’ve gone through. And I’ve felt I’ve been prepared by the best of the best. You know, everything that’s worth something, a lot of times you have to wait for it. I feel like I’ve waited and paid my dues… I feel honored and privileged that (Nuggets executives) Josh (Kroenke) and Tim (Connelly) have put faith in me that I’m the guy they want to grow with going forward.”

Shaw, 47, has a reputation as being a players’ coach and a player developer, notably with rising star Paul George, the Pacers forward who was an all-star in 2012-13… Shaw is adept at coaching the triangle offense, which Jackson utilized while coaching the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, but Shaw said he won’t use the offensive set with a team that thrived in a fast-paced, free-flowing system under Karl.

From Woody Paige of The Denver Post:

“Brian is brilliant working individually with players,” Walsh told me over the weekend. “They identify with him because he speaks their basketball language, and cuts through the X’s and O’s and techno-(stuff). And they respect him because he’s been a winner on every level as a player and a coach. The Nuggets have a bunch of outstanding young players for Brian to coach. I know. I reluctantly had to give them several.”

Shaw owns five NBA championship rings as a player and an assistant coach… The first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1988, Shaw played for seven teams in 14 seasons, and in four NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. He was a point guard on three straight title teams in L.A…. Shaw has served as an assistant coach for the past eight years with the Lakers and the Pacers. The six Lakers teams won 11 playoff series and two championships, and the Pacers have won three playoff series since he joined them… In a 2012 survey, Shaw was named the league’s No. 1 assistant by seven GMs. No other assistant got more than three votes. When Phil Jackson retired from the Lakers in 2011, Kobe Bryant said he and all his teammates supported Shaw as successor. Shaw also has been endorsed by Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal and Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

From ESPN:

Shaw told Shelburne that he still speaks regularly with Jackson. “We talk on a regular basis, and I always value his advice,” Shaw said. “There have been some situations over the years that he kind of warned against, and there have been other situations where he weighed in and said this would be a good situation.”

From YouTube:

From Wikipedia (in connection with the above video):

While a member of the Heat, on April 8, 1993, Shaw hit a then-NBA record ten three-point field goals (out of 15 attempts) against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, finishing with 32 points. Starting in 1994, he was one-half of the popular “Shaw-Shaq Redemption” (named after The Shawshank Redemption), an alley-oop from Shaw to Shaquille O’Neal that was popular with fans in both Orlando and Los Angeles (Shaw and O’Neal were also Laker teammates). In an interview with The Miami Herald in 2007, O’Neal claimed that the teammate he had most respected in his career was Shaw.

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  • dynamo.joe

    Well, he ain’t Karl or Hollins or Vinny, that’s 3 positives already.

  • heykyleinsf

    wow. Watching that first video.. all the coaching things aside.. I know we have a totally good guy as a person. He’s going to be an awesome coach.. but I had no idea how cool he is as a person.

  • Duane Grasmick

    I am so excited about the possibilities this hire does for the Nuggets….defense will not be an afterthought and a guy like Jordan Hamilton could really develop under this guy.

    • toluene hawk

      Jordan Hamilton is the Tebow of the Nuggets. Hasn’t done anything to prove he is worthy of playing in NBA, yet all the ‘fans’ think he is the next Michael Jordan.

      • dynamo.joe

        Ya, all Tebow did was win a playoff game.

        • toluene hawk

          I’m sorry, what QB couldn’t throw a quick slant route. That route is the most reliable football play when the LB’s are in a zone.

      • Duane Grasmick

        I am not a ‘fan’…I am a FAN and I choose to believe that Hamilton didn’t get a fair shake under Karl.

      • marcusthejames

        Wow. What an extreme response.

  • JED89

    dude dated madona, he can definitely manage this team.

  • Len Nunes

    glad it’s not a re-tread coach!! Got my wish, Coach is hired in time for the draft and free agency (I like to think it matters)

  • sherlock

    wow if I wasn’t ecstatic about this hire before that first YouTube video, I’m definitely am now. Quality guy, this is what we need. Good job Nuggets!!

  • Rhino

    I feel like the young guys will really buy into his message. This could really re-energize the team. Exciting stuff!!

  • slugdugg

    “Chris Broussard: Word is Brian Shaw looking at Bernie Bickerstaff, Jim Boylan and Tyronn Lue as potential assistants….may look at Alvin Gentry as well Twitter”

    …Bernie Bickerstaff…

    OMG Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    • toluene hawk

      Is there a reason none of the current assistants would stay on?

    • ryanvdonk

      hopefully he gets someone to work with the bigs. hakeem? ewing? sikma? I know all of them have coached before…even if it’s just for the summer it couldn’t hurt.

  • tytechortz

    Awesome! I’ve been watching the Nuggets for 30 years, and this is the most excited I’ve been about our coach. Welcome to Colorado and the Nuggets, Shaw Family!

  • marcusthejames

    I’m really excited about this hire. He will be extremely hungry because he’s been passed over so many times. in addition, he has developed his coaching philosophy under Phil Jackson, Larry Bird, and Frank Vogel, and he has a rep for player development. Developed offensive/defensive philosophy and player development are the exact two things the Nuggets seem to need. Was never a Karl hater, but this hire makes me see the bright side of re-shuffling the deck.