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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Brian Shaw to coach Nuggets

06.25.13 at 7:58 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Brian Shaw is the new coach of the Nuggets. (AP)

Brian Shaw is the new coach of the Nuggets. (AP)

♦ Cross one name off the list of potential Celtics coaches: Brian Shaw is slated to be introduced Tuesday as the new coach of the Nuggets.

Shaw, a 1988 first-round draft pick of the Celtics who played 2 1/2 seasons in Boston and for eight teams in 14 seasons, has been an NBA assistant for the last decade. He assisted Phil Jackson with the Lakers for six years but was passed over for the lead job when Jackson retired in 2011. Shaw, 47, spent the last two seasons as Frank Vogel‘s top assistant for the Pacers.

“I feel like I’ve waited and paid my dues,” Shaw told The Denver Post.

“So great to see Brian Shaw rewarded with this long-overdue opportunity,” Vogel texted The Associated Press. “Congrats to Brian and the Nuggets. Denver just got one of the best head coaches this league will see for years to come.”

In Denver, Shaw replaces George Karl, who led the Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 games this past season but was not retained after the team’s first-round playoff exit.

“I look at the positive things that they did, the things they did well under George Karl, and try to continue to build on those,” Shaw told ESPN. “And in some of the areas where they could use improvement, try to improve in those areas. I want to put my own spin on things, push the right buttons and find the right combinations.”

♦ The Heat are in celebration mode after winning their second straight NBA championship, but they’re already working to keep together their lineup for an attempt at a three-peat. Ray Allen can opt out of the second year of his two-year contact and enter free agency for the second straight year.

Allen, who joined the Heat after five seasons in Boston, isn’t saying much, but his teammates have made it clear what they think.

“He’s coming back,” Chris Bosh said. “There’s really nothing else to think about. We respect each other’s space, but there’s only one decision to make. So, it’s easy.”

Allen, 37, hit the game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation of Game 6 to force overtime and save the Heat from being eliminated.

“I have to say that was the greatest shot I ever hit in my career,” he said.

♦ Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly announced Monday that he has been pronounced cancer-free after jaw surgery and won’t need chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

“From what I’ve been told, everything that they did in surgery, if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back,” Kelly said at his football camp in Buffalo.

Kelly said he learned of his prognosis last Wednesday, less than two weeks after he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth in that area removed in surgery. He’s scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 25, 1997, the NBA draft was held in Charlotte. Despite having the league’s worst record, the Celtics did not win the lottery and missed out on the chance to select Tim Duncan with the No. 1 pick. However, they did have two high picks: No. 3 and No. 6. Which players did they select?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We did it to Toronto, so I guess we get a taste of our own medicine here. It sucks.” – Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, after the Bruins’ Game 6 collapse Monday night vs. the Blackhawks

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 – Seconds in which the Blackhawks scored two late goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory that clinched the Stanley Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): During the Heat’s victory parade Monday in Miami, LeBron James and friends have to duck to get under a couple of overpasses while riding atop an open double-decker bus.

Dwyane Wade‘s fifth-grade son, Zaire Wade, takes after his father on the basketball court.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old VanAubrey Thomas, from LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, also has a pretty impressive game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chauncey Billups (3) and Ron Mercer (6)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Michael was born on this day in 1963.

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