It's been two decades since the unthinkable happened to Brian Shaw.

On June 26, 1993, the current Denver Nuggets' coach's parents and sister were killed in a car crash in Nevada. Shaw's sister's young daughter survived the accident thanks to a child-restraint seat. Shaw, who was then a player on the Miami Heat, adopted his niece and raised her as his own.

After spending eight seasons as an assistant coach, Shaw is now in charge of the Nuggets and finding himself more in the spotlight. Fans and media members noticed that when he is off the court, his look changes slightly.

As it turns out, Shaw fashioned his mother's wedding ring into an earring. He doesn't wear it during games because he's not sure how the NBA would feel about it. But he sports it whenever he's off the court.

"It's a way for me to always feel like I have her with me or like she’s in my ear,” Shaw told reporters. “That’s why I wear it."

(H/T to For The Win)

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