INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Pacers knew this day was coming. After the season, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said team's would be foolish to pass over his top assistant for their head coaching vacancies, and Tuesday afternoon, Shaw finally became a head coach.
Shaw was introduced as the Denver Nuggets' newest head coach, taking over for the fired George Karl. It's been a long time coming for Shaw, who spent eight seasons as an assistant coach, two of those in Indianapolis. His former team couldn't be more pleased for him.
"Brian Shaw was beloved in this whole locker room and this whole organization," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.
"The guy has paid his dues, he's won championships," added Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard. "We're so happy for him, and we know he's going to do a terrific job."
There was also little question of how much he impacted the Pacers during his two seasons with the team.
"[He's] a savvy basketball mind, somebody who knows this league probably better than anyone I've ever worked with," said Vogel.
The Pacers head also added that it wasn't only Shaw's imprints on all the young players that helped the team reach new heights, but the insight that he was able to provide Vogel with to grow as a coach, from Shaw's days as an assistant under the legendary Phil Jackson.
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