Brian Shaw RumorsAll NBA Players
Given Phil Jackson’s dogged devotion to the triangle offense, Brian Shaw has already emerged as a potential candidate to replace fired Derek Fisher. And despite Shaw’s losing record in Denver, several Nuggets told The Post their former coach could handle New York and win in the Garden. “I heard his name came up,” Wilson Chandler told The Post. “Dealing with New York? He played [under pressure] before. I mean, L.A.’s not New York, but it’s the second-biggest market. I think he’ll do fairly well being mentored under Phil Jackson, and playing with the Lakers and winning a few championships, he knows about pressure. So just from that standpoint I think he’ll do good. I think he’s a good coach, personally, and I always knew he’d get another chance to be a head coach. He’s a great assistant coach, a great person, great dad, husband, all-around person. I hope he gets the job.’’
He went just 56-85 before being fired last March by general manager Tim Connelly. But several players said that record can’t be placed entirely on Shaw’s shoulders, admitting they share culpability. “We didn’t win. Bottom line. In this league, you have to win, and we didn’t do that for him, that’s part of the reason why he got let go,” said J.J. Hickson. “He knows the triangle offense, so of course he would be a good candidate to be a head coach for [the Knicks]. But who knows? Who am I to say who’s a fit and who’s not? I think this league is all about getting maximum potential from all your players. That’s what it takes to be a great head coach.”
Ramona Shelburne: Remember, Brian Shaw was Phil Jackson’s choice to replace him as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil had interest in Brian Shaw when he was hiring for the Knicks job, but wasn’t going to use what few assets NY had to get him from Denver.