Considering that owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s declaration of a five year window to win a championship has now dwindled down to a quickly approaching two year goal, the idea of him potentially being extremely interested in bringing in someone who has literally zero head coaching experience is quite mind-boggling.
Why would Prokhorov and the Nets be comfortable in making such a move with a huge promise on the line?
My only guess is that it would have to be Shaw’s outstanding knowledge of the triangle offense, which was seen in glimpses in a number of offensive sets that the Pacers ran this season.
Shaw played for Jackson on the Lakers 2000-02 three-peat team. In fact, he played within Jackson’s system from 1999-2003.
Shaw’s understanding of the triangle went beyond his playing days, however. He received an even more in-depth perspective and comprehension for it when he served as an assistant coach under Jackson from 2004-11.
With all those years of exposure with the most successful offense in league history, that has to be what separates Shaw from any other assistant coach looking for their first taste at the ultimate grown-up table that is head coaching.
And that also has to be what makes him so attractive amongst several coaches that do have the experience that he lacks.
I mean, what else could it be?