The search is on for the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. There were reports this week that the team has Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw high on their list of potential choices. I don’t have any problem at all with that choice. Shaw spent a lot of time learning about the triangle offense while with Phil Jackson during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. He would be the perfect choice for this young team.
Shaw played all over the NBA during his long career and has spent the last decade being an assistant coach. You can’t discount the experience that he got while on the bench with Jackson though. I would want a lot of coaches who were around Jackson. Shaw has age on his side being just 47 years old as well. There is no reason why he was passed over in the first place by the Lakers when Jackson left so he could have a chance now to prove any doubters wrong if he can get the job with the 76ers.
There is definitely some talent on the roster with players like Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young. Philadelphia was just in the playoffs a season ago as well so they couldn’t have gotten that much worse in just a year. The 76ers shouldn’t wait too much longer and should be talking to Shaw right now to get him under contract. It may take until the Pacers get knocked out of the playoffs for any official announcement to happen, but I really think Philadelphia would be the best landing spot for Shaw.