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Jun 25, 2013 6:24 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former UCSB star Shaw ready to take charge as Nuggets head coach

The Denver Nuggets introduced former UC Santa Barbara star Brian Shaw as the 20th head coach in franchise history on Tuesday. The 47 year old joins the Nuggets after two seasons as associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers, who advanced to the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, who won two NBA titles while Shaw was a member of the coaching staff.

"I appreciate the opportunity that the Kroenke family, general manager Tim Connelly and the entire Nuggets organization have given me," Shaw said in a team press release. "Josh has built a quality team and front office and I look forward to joining that nucleus. It's a talented roster with a great foundation.

Shaw replaces reigning NBA Coach of the Year George Karl, who was let go after guiding the Nuggets to a 57 win regular season, but a first round exit in the playoffs.

" The 57 wins in the regular season was great. But I'm accustomed to playing and going far in the playoffs and playing into June. And that's something that's going to be emphasized and be stressed on a daily basis. And so I'm just looking forward to getting a chance to work with these guys and start planting that seed," Shaw said during the press conference.

Shaw is a five-time NBA champion who played a major role in helping forward Paul George and center Roy Hibbert develop into All-Stars during his two seasons in Indiana. The Pacers went 49-32 and finished with the third-best record in the East in 2012-13.

"After completing a thorough process, we are thrilled to welcome Brian as the next head coach of the Denver Nuggets," Team President Josh Kroenke said. "He brings a remarkable pedigree of success as both a championship player and a championship coach."

During his time in Los Angeles, Shaw assisted 11-time title-winning coach Phil Jackson and worked closely with All-Stars such as Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Shaquille O'Neal.

Drafted 24th overall by Boston in 1988, Shaw played 14 NBA seasons with Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and L.A. Lakers. He was a member of Los Angeles' back-to-back-to-back title teams (2000, 2001 and 2002) and he won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.

Shaw played collegiately at Saint Mary's College of California and UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Big West Conference Player of the Year in 1988. The Gauchos later retired his No. 22 jersey.

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