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Denver Nuggets hire Shaw to replace Karl

Former basketball player Brian Shaw pictured at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on May 29, 2008
Former basketball player Brian Shaw pictured at Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 29, 2008. The Denver Nuggets has hired Shaw as their head coach to replace George Karl who was sacked after the team was eliminated early in the post-season.

The Denver Nuggets hired Brian Shaw as their head coach to replace reigning NBA coach of the year George Karl who was sacked after the team was eliminated early in the post-season.

Karl, who was fired earlier this month, had guided the Nuggets to playoff appearances in each of his nine seasons and led the Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 wins last season.

The 47-year-old Shaw has been an assistant with the Indiana Pacers the last two seasons. Before that he was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2005-2011.

"After completing a thorough process, we are thrilled to welcome Brian as the next head coach of the Denver Nuggets," Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said on Tuesday.

"He brings a remarkable pedigree of success as both a championship player and a championship coach."

Indiana won 49 games this season, were the Central Division champions, and lost to eventual NBA champion Miami in the league semi-finals in seven games.

"I appreciate the opportunity that the Kroenke family, general manager Tim Connelly and the entire Nuggets organization have given me," Shaw said.

"Josh has built a quality team and front office and I look forward to joining that nucleus."

Shaw spent time with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Lakers during his playing days, winning three NBA titles.

Karl compiled a 423-257 record with the Nuggets leading them to a 38-3 mark at home last season.

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