Brian Shaw RumorsAll NBA Players
Sam Amick: They haven’t met yet, but Brian Shaw’s hat is in the ring. Champ as a player, head coach experience, Zen Master’s influence, Oakland roots. Of note: Shaw was the man-in-the-middle of Kobe-Shaq days, usually keeping the big man who is now a Kings minority owner from killing Mamba.
Brian Shaw: So one day I must have told him to get out of the way, and he challenged me to a game of H-O-R-S-E. To be honest, I can’t even remember what happened in the game. But the story grew and grew over the years. It started as him beating me in H-O-R-S-E, to him beating me in a game of one-on-one. It took on a life of its own. By the time Kobe got to the league and we were in the NBA Finals that first time in L.A., I had reporters coming up to me asking, with a straight face, “Did Kobe really take it to you in a game of one-on-one back in Italy?” I’m like, “What? He was 11. I was 22. Are you serious?” But that was the power of Kobe.
Ron Harper: Kobe destroyed him. Brian Shaw: This is 22-year-old Kobe. Crazy athletic. Unlimited stamina. I mean, he kicked his ass. He pulled out everything in his bag — dunk, up-and-under, pull-up, crossover. Devean George: Fadeaway. Left hand. Right hand. Blowing by him. Brian Shaw: We were on the sidelines gassing it up. People are laughing, yelling, “Hey J.R., be careful what you wish for.”
Candace Buckner: Brian Shaw, a former asst head coach in IND for several years, coached Ty Lawson in Denver. Before Lawson signed here, Vogel talked with Brian Shaw. Frank Vogel on report from Brian Shaw: “They had problems in Denver, that’s well documented but every situation is different. I truly feel that. I feel like this is a clean slate for him coming in here and has a chance to play and play well for us.”
But Shaw, who is in India to tip off NBA’s premier events the ACG-NBA Jump National Finals, is very impressed with what Curry and his boys have achieved so far. “Not taking away anything away from the fact that they are playing well and there is every possibility that they may set an NBA record if they win another 20 wins.” “But unlike the earlier days, the game today does not have dominant big men. Back in the days, there were Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar then in my time there was Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal. Now there is no big player like that and they (Warriors) can get away with playing small ball,” says Shaw.
“Showtime team has 6’9″ Magic playing point guard, 7’2″ Kareem playing centre. You cannot imagine Draymond Green (6’7″) of Warriors playing centre against the likes of Kareem or Hakeem or Shaq and getting away with it…” For the former Lakers man, Shaw is pained to see the state in which Lakers are right now.”You cannot be on top of your game all the time,” says Shaw. “But after Jerry Buss’s death three years ago, his son took over and he had a different philosophy and he did not want many of the former members of the Lakers staff in the team.”