The Brooklyn Nets lost in the opening round of the 2013 Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs to the Chicago Bulls in seven games, but have a bright future ahead of them. In the days after the playoff loss to the Bulls, the Nets management announced that Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo would not return for the 2013-2014 season.
At the beginning, the speculation immediately jumped to a Phil Jackson NBA return and a move by Lionel Hollins away from the Memphis Grizzlies. Then more recently, rumors of Jason Kidd as a coach began to surface. These people would have been excellent choices to be head coach for the Nets, but the new forerunner is Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.
Shaw played in the NBA from 1998-2003 and had a great career, winning NBA championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. After he retired in 2003, he became an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, the same team he won championships with, until he moved to the Pacers in 2011. He also was considered to take the head coaching position for the Lakers after Jackson left, but was ignored for Mike Brown.
Shaw would be a great choice for the Nets. He’s been in the league long enough to understand how to coach a successful team, and he has dealt with talent enough to know how to continue to develop players like Deron Williams.
Brooklyn would be better off without a big-name coach, and they should give someone like Shaw an opportunity to succeed and focus on becoming a better team.