After years of being a metaphorical "bridesmaid and never the bride," Brian Shaw will finally get an opportunity to be a head coach in the NBA. The Denver Post is reporting that Shaw has agreed to helm the sidelines for the Denver Nuggets starting next season. Contract details are still unknown at this time.
Starting in the 2004-05 season, Shaw served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under Phil Jackson. When Jackson retired at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, many believed that Shaw would take the reins. That turned out not to be the case as the Lakers chose Mike Brown instead. Shaw went on to become an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, who lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals this past postseason.
When the Nets' head coaching position opened up, Shaw once again lost out on the job to Jason Kidd. Now, Shaw will take over a skilled Nuggets team that went 57-25 last season. In a phone interview with the Denver Post, Shaw said, "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."
You sure have, Shaw. Good luck next season!
[via Denver Post]