Brian Shaw admits that the step-up to head coach will not be easy, having spent nine-years as an assistant.
Shaw was announced as the new head-coach back in June, taking over from former coach George Karl.
The 47-year-old had a successful playing career as a guard during his 15 years as a professional playing for clubs such as Miami Heat, Philadelphia 79ers and Los Angeles Lakers. where he won three NBA titles.
As an assistant coach, Shaw has split his time between the Lakers, where he won a further two NBA's and the Indiana Pacers.
Shaw is charged with bringing glory to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference, Northwest Division.
The Nuggets are owned by Stan Kroenke, who has received criticism in England for his part in the demise of Arsenal football club.
Shaw acknowledged the world of head coach might be strange to adjust to: "“I’ll have to find a balance,” Shaw said to NBA.com.
“That’s going to be a big change for me.."
“Right now, we’re just trying to get used to each other,” he said. “I’m trying to establish what our terminology is going to be, so we’re all on the same page. We’re meeting and I’m gathering information and ideas. We haven’t had a lot of time to get settled."
“The most exciting thing for me is doing it from the ground up together, establishing that trust."
“There are coaches you feel are on another stratosphere and you feel like you can’t get close to them, you can’t talk to them. There’s a fear factor. I don’t want it to be like that. I want to be approachable. I want to connect with them and build that trust and establish those relationships.”
The Denver franchise reached the play-offs last year but were eliminated in game six against Golden State Warriors.
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