Brian Shaw, current associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers, has a long and respected pedigree in the NBA. Shaw is a five-time NBA champion, as both a player and assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Before signing on with the Pacers in June of last year, Shaw was considered a top candidate to replace Phil Jackson as head coach in Los Angeles.
Shaw was passed over as head coach in Los Angeles, and the Lakers went with Mike Brown instead. Brown helped the Lakers reach the playoffs last season, but was quickly fired this year, after his team started the season with one win and four ugly losses. Before Brown could clean out his office, Shaw’s name was once again thrown into the ring for the head coaching job in Los Angeles.
Instead of giving the former Laker his first shot as a head coach, Shaw was forced to once again take a back seat, as Los Angeles decided to hire Mike D’antoni. The hire was curious and questionable for more reasons than one. Aside from Shaw, there were several other coaching candidates that seemed to possibly be a better fit for the Lakers. Maybe if Los Angeles had went with Shaw in the first place upon jackson’s retirement, then they wouldn’t have found themselves in such a firestorm of media controversy so early this season.
All of that being said, the Indiana Pacers are lucky to still Shaw on their coaching staff. This offseason, Shaw was a major candidate for no less than five NBA head coaching jobs. Especially with the Pacers going through severe struggles of their own, a veteran championship pedigree is needed for this team now more than ever.