Brian Shaw To Interview With Pistons; Why Hasn’t He Been Hired?
According to ABC 7 in Detroit, the Pistons have contacted Brian Shaw about an interview for their vacant head coaching position.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Why in the world hasn’t Shaw gotten a head coaching job yet?
As a player, Shaw advanced to four NBA Finals- one with the Orlando Magic in 1996 and three with the Lakers (2001-2003), winning all three as a Laker. He won two more titles as an assistant coach with the Lakers.
So, it isn’t like he doesn’t know how to win.
In addition to the Finals appearances, Shaw played with some great players throughout his career. As a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics, he was teammates with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson, learning the game from some of the all-time greats.
From there he moved onto the Miami Heat and played alongside Glen Rice and Steve Smith. He then joined Orlando, joining Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee Hardaway, becoming a mentor to the latter. From there he went to the Lakers and was a key reserve on their championship squads before becoming an assistant coach and learning from possibly the greatest coach ever, Phil Jackson.
So, it’s not like he doesn’t know how to work with big egos and be successful.
And even now that he’s been an assistant coach with the Pacers for two seasons, there still is no clear answer as to why he has been passed over so many times. At least not one that makes sense.
After the Lakers hired Mike Brown instead of him, Shaw was as perplexed as anyone.
“All the speculation and what I’ve heard, the powers making those decisions felt like the team needed a change of culture and a new voice, and head in a new direction,” Shaw said. “I thought that was kind of peculiar because in the 12 years I’d been there, all we had done was gone to the championship seven times and won five championships.
I felt like there were 29 other teams in the league that would love to have that kind of culture and that kind of direction.”
Brian Shaw should be a head coach in the NBA. A year from now, Joe Dumars could look really smart.