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Longtime assistant Brian Shaw gets chance with Nuggets

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw

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The Denver Nuggets officially introduced Brian Shaw as their head coach Tuesday. He replaced Coach of the Year George Karl, who was fired after the Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games this season, only to be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

A longtime assistant, Shaw
finally will get his chance to coach an NBA team. He was mentored by former Bulls coach Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the associate head coach under Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers for the last two seasons.

‘‘At times, it got frustrating,’’ Shaw said, referring to the dozen unsuccessful head-coaching interviews he endured in recent years. ‘‘At the same time, I just looked at it as it allowed me more time to learn and to get better.

‘‘This team is full of young players with a lot of promise, and it will be my job to get them to play to their full potential.’’

A first-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 1988, the 47-year-old Shaw played for eight teams in his 14 NBA seasons. He won three championships as a player with the Lakers and two more with them as an assistant under Jackson.

Grizzlies talking with aide

The Memphis Grizzlies are in talks with assistant Dave Joerger to become their head coach, a person familiar with the situation said on condition of anonymity
because no deal has been reached.

It would be Joerger’s first head-coaching job in the NBA. He has been an assistant with the Grizzlies for the last six seasons under Marc Iavaroni and Lionel Hollins. Hollins’ contract wasn’t renewed this month, even though he led the Grizzlies to a 56-26 record and a berth in the Western Conference finals.

The Grizzlies also interviewed former Nuggets coach George Karl, Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney and former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry.

Doc finally a Clipper

The Los Angeles Clippers finalized their long-negotiated deal to acquire coach Doc Rivers from the Celtics for a first-round draft pick in 2015 and will introduce him at a news conference Wednesday.

Rivers, who compiled a 416-305 record in nine seasons with the Celtics and guided them to the NBA title in 2008, also will be the Clippers’ senior vice president of basketball operations.

Kings make Evans an offer

The Sacramento Kings made a qualifying offer to guard Tyreke Evans, making him a restricted free agent. The move allows the Kings to match any contract offer
Evans receives from another team.

Evans, who was voted the NBA’s rookie of the year in 2010 after being drafted fourth overall out of Memphis, averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5
assists this past season.

Growing the game

The NBA said it will play regular-season games next season in Mexico City and London. The league said the San Antonio Spurs will play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 4 at Mexico City Arena and the Atlanta Hawks will play the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 16 at the O2 Arena in London.

Sun-Times wires

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