Why Might Brian Shaw Be At Top of Brooklyn Nets' Coaching List?

By Mike B. Ruiz
Nelson Chenault-USA Today Sports

The more time that passes, the more it seems that Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw could be the man the Brooklyn Nets really want to hire as their next head coach.

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.

So, why?

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.

A staple of the great Phil Jackson, the triangle was a major contributor to a combined 11 championships between his historic Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers dynasties.

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?

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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