NBA Notes: Nuggets hire Brian Shaw as head coach

NBA Notes: Nuggets hire Brian Shaw as head coach
June 25, 2013, 12:45 pm
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With the hiring of Brian Shaw, there will be at least six first-time head coaches for the 2013-14 season. (USA Today Images).

DENVER -- At long last, Brian Shaw is getting his first chance to coach an NBA team.

The former guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson pupil has agreed to succeed George Karl as coach of the Denver Nuggets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal hadn't been officially announced.

Still, it was the buzz of the basketball world.

"I think the Nuggets are going to benefit from his tenure," Jackson tweeted (see full story).

Report: Grizzlies negotiating with Joerger
Memphis is negotiating with assistant Dave Joerger to become the Grizzlies' head coach, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the final deal hasn't been reached yet.

ESPN.com first reported the negotiations.

This would be Joerger's first NBA head coaching job. He had been an assistant the past six seasons with the Grizzlies under coach Marc Iavaroni and later Lionel Hollins, who whose contract was not renewed earlier this month despite leading Memphis to a 56-26 record and a Western Conference finals appearance.

The Grizzlies also interviewed George Karl, the NBA coach of the year before being fired by Denver, Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney and former Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry (see full story)

NBA regular season games set for London, Mexico City
NEW YORK -- The NBA says regular-season games will be played next season in London and Mexico City.

The San Antonio Spurs are set to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4, and the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will meet at The O2 in London next Jan. 16.

The NBA said Tuesday it's the first time regular-season games in two countries outside of the United States and Canada will be played in the same season.

In March, the league announced eight preseason games would be played in several countries from Oct. 5-18.

The latest games bring the NBA's global package next season to 12 teams playing 10 regular-season and preseason games in eight cities in six countries and territories (see full story).

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