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Jun 24, 2013 10:51 PM by Andrew Masuda

Denver Nuggets name former Gaucho Brian Shaw new head coach

The Denver Nuggets have hired former UCSB star Brian Shaw their new head coach. The 47 year old replaces reigning NBA Coach of the Year George Karl, who was fired after leading the Nuggets to a 57 win regular season and first round exit in the playoffs.

This will be Shaw's first head coaching position in the NBA. After six season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers under Phil Jackson, Shaw spent the last two seasons as an associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers.

Shaw has been rumored to be a candidate for nearly every NBA head coach vacancy, like the Los Angeles Clippers. Sources say the NBA has cleared the team's trade with Boston that would make Doc Rivers the new head coach of the Clippers in exchange for a 2015 first round draft pick.

Shaw was a first round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1988 NBA Draft. He went 24th overall after he spent two seasons at UCSB. Shaw was the first player in Big West history to lead the conference in rebounds and assists in the same season. Shaw was named the Big West Conference's Player of the Year after he led the Gauchos to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988.

Shaw played 14 seasons in the NBA. He won three NBA titles as a player and two more as an assistant coach with the Lakers.

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