Brian Shaw is now the new head coach of the Denver Nuggets, but something tells me that this is not what he had in mind.
The man was groomed by the best coach in NBA history in Phil Jackson. He won championships as a player and an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers while the team was running the triangle. He had the endorsement of Kobe Bryant to become the next Lakers’ head coach after Jackson stepped down. The position of head coach for Los Angeles was Shaw’s destiny, but we all seen what happened after Jackson stepped down.
The Lakers made some questionable moves that involved their head coaching position, to say the least.
Mike Brown got hired by Jim Buss two years ago. Brown is now the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, again. Mike D’Atoni was hired by Buss also, instead of Jackson. Sorry, I have to put that out there, but it was such a terrible move. Jackson should have been coaching the Lakers last season, period. D’Antoni may be the only true reason Dwight Howard may walk away from Los Angeles for absolutely nothing.
What if Shaw would have fulfilled his destiny and was the Lakers’ head coach today? All I can tell you is that the Lakers would have been playing basketball at a much higher level and there would not have been wasted time in practice and in games learning brand new schemes every few months like they have been the last two years.
Shaw finally has his opportunity to show the league what he is made of as a head coach by joining the Nuggets. If he does not do well, then Laker Nation, you do not have to worry about the what-ifs and things of that nature.
But if he does great in Denver and the Lakers continue to struggle with someone like D’Antoni leading the way, Lakers fans may never forgive Buss for making such a boneheaded decision of not hiring Shaw when he had the chance.