Friday, May 24, 2013
Teams would be wise to wait for Shaw
By Nick Borges
There are currently eight NBA teams -- Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Detroit, LA Clippers, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Phoenix -- with head coach vacancies and ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes all of them should hold on and not make a hire until they speak with Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw.
Phil Jackson is helping the Pistons with their search and according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, many sources around the league think the Lakers former head coach wants Joe Dumars to hire Shaw. Dumars recently said that he's not going to wait to hire his next head coach. That could mean Shaw is not a candidate since the Pacers are still in the playoffs and it might last seven games against Miami. The Pacers are not going to let Shaw interview until their season is over.
Several reports claim Nate McMillan sits at the top of Dumars' list to be the Pistons next head coach.
J.A. AdandeSome team needs to hire Shaw
"I like Brian Shaw a lot. I can't believe he isn't a head coach somewhere right now. ... One problem for Shaw is that as great a coach as Phil Jackson is, he doesn't have a network throughout the league. Jackson was all about winning championships, so he didn't have time to simultaneously turn his team into a basketball seminar and groom a new generation of coaches or executives. ... Maybe the fact that Shaw has been to more NBA Finals as a player and coach than Gregg Popovich and his crew should count for something. He has knowledge plus the ability to connect to stars and young players. They all respect him. I think he'd be good for the Brooklyn gig. No, he isn't the biggest name the Nets could get (and I'm convinced they want a name they can put on the marquee -- or at least the oculus). But he could easily grow into a name. Right now they're just a team that could go to the second round of the playoffs, not a championship contender, so they can afford the initial mistakes. But if they become a destination franchise and land an elite free agent, then Shaw would be prepared to coach him after his years of brokering truces between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. I do think any team with an opening would be wise to wait out these playoffs. After it's over, see if the time's right for Shaw to make the jump."