The dominoes are beginning to fall into place in the NBA coaching department. The Denver Nuggets have agreed to hire former Laker Brian Shaw, as reported by The Denver Post.
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) June 25, 2013
In the last two days the two most prominent coaching positions have been filled. That’s right, the Los Angeles Clippers is one of the most coveted coaching posts in the NBA. In related news Siberia has some beautiful property for sale. The Denver job naturally filled up immediately after the Clippers position was filled. Our more accurate statement is it filled once Doc Rivers was no longer available.
LA fans have nothing but good memories of Brian Shaw as a player and a coach. Brian Shaw got in a zone in the 4th quarter of game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers in 2000 that no Laker outside Kobe has found since. He converted 3, 3-point field goals as part of the Lakers 31 point 4th quarter, overcoming a 12 point deficit.
Brian Shaw retired in 2003, after winning 3 Championships with the Lakers. One year, later he joined Phil Jackson‘s staff, and was part of two championships as a coach. He was passed on as the head coach for the Lakers job, twice, and if Brian Shaw succeeds as Lakers fans assume he will, the Lakers will have no one to blame but themselves.
Shaw is one of the few last connections to Phil Jackson, and an era of dominance in Lakers history. As a result, he is also a fascinating example of coaching trees. Most teams recycle the same names as coaches over and over (See Scott Skyles, Mike D’Antoni). If you haven’t been a head coach anywhere, then to get a job you have to be an assistant for, preferably, one of the best: Greg Popovich, Bill Belichick, and who better than the winningest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson.
Not everyone can hire a great coach, but you hope to get the next hand picked assistant from one of the greats. That could be Brian Shaw.