by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Brian Shaw is finally getting an opportunity to become an NBA head coach. The Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement with the longtime assistant to take over their bench.

Shaw spent the past two seasons under Frank Vogel in Indiana. He is grateful for the chance to lead his own team, and says he’s paid his dues to get here.

Per the Denver Post:

After firing George Karl, the Nuggets soon after zeroed in on Shaw, an Indiana Pacers assistant. On Monday they hired the longtime NBA player and assistant coach who had interviewed for several head coaching jobs in recent years. “I can’t express my appreciation enough,” the 47-year-old Shaw said. “It’s been a grind, to say the least, but I’m just very appreciative of the opportunity to lead this team. … It’s been years, 11 or 12 interviews I’ve gone through. And I’ve felt I’ve been prepared by the best of the best.”

“You know, everything that’s worth something, a lot of times you have to wait for it. I feel like I’ve waited and paid my dues. I feel honored and privileged that (Nuggets executives) Josh (Kroenke) and Tim (Connelly) have put faith in me that I’m the guy they want to grow with going forward.”

The Denver Nuggets have scheduled a press conference this afternoon to introduce their new head coach.

Brian Shaw says that despite having learned the Triangle Offense playing and coaching under Phil Jackson in Los Angeles with the Lakers, he will instead tailor the Nuggets’ attack to focus on their ability to push the pace.