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Report: Shaw to become Pacer associate head coach

Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 6:06 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Brian Shaw was supposed to be first in line to succeed Phil Jackson as head coach of the Lakers. That didn't happen, as Mike Brown was handed the job. The question then was, what's to become of Shaw, who is considered a rising coaching star?

According to the Indianapolis Star, he's set to become the Pacers "associate head coach."

Of course that's just a fancy name for an assistant, but what's so interesting here is that the Pacers still don't officially have a head coach yet. Frank Vogel is expected to get the position eventually, but that's contingent on Vogel putting together a good assistant staff. At least that's what Larry Bird has said recently.

Shaw isn't the most experienced guy in the world, but he's highly respected. One of the supposed issues with hiring Vogel was keeping control of the team as a disciplinarian and Bird wanted Vogel to have a couple assistants that think that way. I don't know if Shaw is exactly that, but he definitely makes the staff stronger.

Shaw will be a head coach at some point. It's obviously his goal. Who knows, maybe that job will come in Indiana if he replaces Vogel. The team hasn't settled on anything quite yet, but I'm sure it'll likely be Vogel. But if things don't go well, the job could easily becomes Shaw's in a hurry.


Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:04 pm

Report: Shaw to become Pacer associate head coach

Shaw is going to be another phil jackson assistant flop.  Just like rambis and every other pj assistant in history. Its easy to look like a good coach when you have oodles of talent. Its a whole different story trying to build a team. How did the triangle work for rambis in minny.   Phil Jackson is the most overrated over hyped coach in history.  He doesnt even have a coaching tree.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:55 pm

Report: Shaw to become Pacer associate head coach

Nothing wrong with some Celtic Pride (Bird and Shaw played together) and a chance for Shaw to become that disciplinarian.  He isn't that quite yet. 
Remember the time around 1995-96 with the Magic when Shaw drew up a play for himself just to get a triple double as the game was 0:10 from the end?  Those are the kind of antics that nobody wants to deal with.  He'll grow even more in this role.  Face it, the Lakers would have been a bad fit for Shaw as head coach -- kobe would have walked all over shaw and they would have been a 45-50 win team.  I could see shaw, politely asking in the huddle, "um, kobe, could you please pass the ball, thank u sir".   Then he'd slam that clipboard right out of his hand!   Shaw was and is so much better NOT on the LA sidelines. 

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