HoopsHype Brian Shaw rumors

February 10, 2014 Updates

Before Frank Vogel and Pacers officials met with Andrew Bynum and Bynum’s agent over dinner on Jan. 31, a Friday night, Vogel made a phone call to a former assistant. That call was to Denver, where Brian Shaw is in his first year as the Nuggets head coach. He was preparing to play the Toronto Raptors that night. “Gave them my two cents on Andrew, and what have you,” he said. “I woke up the next morning to see that they had signed him.” Prior to being Vogel’s right-hand man for two seasons in Indy, Brian Shaw was an assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers for Bynum’s first six seasons in the league. Shaw, a player’s coach and a former player himself, has a great feel for people so who better to get a pulse on the Pacers’ newest addition than Shaw? Pacers.com

“When Andrew is healthy, first and foremost, which he hasn’t been most of his career — but when he is healthy, he’ll be able to help this team out a lot because he’s a load out there on the floor,” Shaw said after he finished holding shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “He can rebound, he takes up space, he can protect the rim, he can score inside and he’s also a good passer. That’s No. 1. “I think a lot of stuff that’s out there about him — he’s a good guy. He’s not a bad guy. I think he’s been in some situations when he hasn’t really respected the coach and the program that he’s been under. I know that in his personal life, he’s dealing with some things with his mom and so he’s kind of been a little distracted, which could be expected with what he’s dealing with. Pacers.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was asked if the Nuggets had reached out to Andre Miller for a possible return, given the team’s dire need for a reserve point guard with Nate Robinson out for the season after ACL surgery. The short answer? No. There won’t be any reaching out from our end,” Shaw said. “I think we’ve operated and done everything that we’re supposed to do. So, if there’s any reaching out that needs to be done I think the reaching out has to come from him to us." Denver Post

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Looking for work after seven seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaw was preparing for an audition as an analyst with ESPN in 2011 when Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel invited him to Indianapolis for an informal interview. “You’re not an analyst,” Vogel told Shaw. “You’re a basketball coach.” During their visit, Vogel touted everything from the area school systems to the championship potential in the Indiana locker room. Needless to say, Shaw never boarded his flight to Connecticut. “He talked me into it,” Shaw recalled Saturday before the Nuggets faced Vogel and the Pacers. “We both could help each other out in that situation. Everything worked out well.” NBA.com

By bringing Shaw to Indiana, it was an opportunity to repay a debt from six years earlier when Vogel was looking for an opportunity after the Philadelphia 76ers made changes to their coaching staff. Shaw was with the Lakers when he got a call from longtime friend Lester Conner, who was an assistant with Vogel in Philadelphia. Conner asked Shaw if the Lakers could use Vogel as an advance scout on the East Coast. “Sight unseen, just off of Lester’s word, I went to (Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak and (coach) Phil Jackson and said, ‘Can we think about hiring this guy?’ For $200 a game, he scouted all our East Coast opponents. That kept him involved, kept his name out there and so he always reminds me, ‘You threw me a lifeline and I threw you one.’ It worked out well.” NBA.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson didn’t question too much on being passed up for the vacant head-coaching job last year that went to Mike D’Antoni. Instead, Jackson admired Lakers late owner Jerry Buss for his decisiveness, including being proactive in drafting Magic Johnson in 1979, which led to the Showtime Era. Q: How about Buss’ son? Phil Jackson: “I think Jim is kind of feeling his way. He doesn’t really know all of the ramifications of basketball,” Jackson said. “I think one of the things that Dr. Buss did, was he left a lot of basketball decisions to basketball people and then he would make the final [call].” Los Angeles Daily News

One of those calls Jackson disagreed happened after retiring in 2011. The Lakers hired Mike Brown over Jackson’s lead assistant Brian Shaw. Brown led the Lakers to the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City, but he was fired five games into last season. Shaw landed his first head coaching gig this season with the Denver Nuggets. “They should have given him [Brian Shaw] the opportunity to have that job, but that’s not my decision,” Jackson said. “That’s where Jimmy Buss wanted to make that decision. I don’t know where [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak] was behind all of that, because Mitch kind of sits behind that decision making.” Los Angeles Daily News

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“It’s interesting, [Danilo] Gallinari’s father was at shootaround and I played against him in Italy,” Shaw said. “And Danilo, he remembered. I ended up playing with Kobe Bryant’s father and I ended up playing with him and coaching him. The guys don’t remember. It’s just like a parent. We don’t understand the fashion. We don’t understand the music. I remember my parents saying the same thing about myself and my sister when we were growing up. It comes full circle. You just have to have patience and keep hitting them over the head with it, and hopefully at some point they get it and they pass it on when they deal with the next generation.” Boston Globe

January 10, 2014 Updates

And it took all of them to get the 101-88 victory accomplished because Durant, for a big chunk of the game at the Pepsi Center, was a one-man wrecking crew. He distorted the Denver defense from the opening tip, sucking in defenders and putting foul after foul on the players attempting to guard him. But even in the NBA, where one player can lift a team to victory, Durant needed much more help than he got. His 30 points lit up the scoreboard, but the Nuggets (18-17) made sure no one else hurt them. That's how they walked away with their fourth consecutive win and went back over .500 for the first time since Dec. 23. "We're in a good place right now," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "We just want to keep riding this momentum that we have right now." Denver Post

Nuggets coach Shaw, though, is old school. “When I came (into the NBA) in 1988, shortly after that, Jordan started with his Jordan One. They only made them in red, white and black, Bulls colors. I remember Nike wouldn’t let you wear his shoes. They only let him wear it. You could order them through your account, but you couldn’t wear them in games. And then, when they started making different colors and they started allowing guys to wear them in games, obviously the most important thing is that it’s a shoe that fits your foot and you’re comfortable in it, then you’ll want to wear it. But I always thought that that gave; like being on the Lakers, when guys would wear Kobe’s shoes when we were playing against them, he always would, in his mind, feel ‘I got him because he’s wearing my shoes.’ So the guys who do wear KD’s, we were talking yesterday, ‘Are you really going to wear those tomorrow when we play him?’ So it was a debate back and forth about the comfort of the shoe as opposed to what message it sends when you’re wearing a guys shoes.” Oklahoman

January 7, 2014 Updates

The coach ruled out Miller suiting up for Denver against the Celtics, under any circumstances. "No, he wasn't here at practice (Monday) and he wouldn't come back tomorrow and play or suit up without being here in practice," Shaw said after the Nuggets' afternoon practice. "He's just away dealing with these personal issues and until that gets resolved, we're going to play with the guys we have, who were at practice." Denver Post

Next, Shaw was asked if the rift is mendable. "I don't know if there's any rift," Shaw said. "It was a moment where tempers kind of prevailed, and those things happen. The decision was made to create some space in time away from the team. That's what we're doing. There's nothing really else to say about it." Denver Post

January 6, 2014 Updates

Could Shaw coach Miller again? "I can coach anybody," the Nuggets coach responded. "I can coach anybody who wants to play and wants to play the right way. I don't have any problem with that. I don't hold grudges or anything like that, but like I said, right now the team's in a good space. The guys are playing well, playing with the kind of energy we need to play with and while he's dealing with what he needs to deal with, we're going to keep moving." Next, Shaw was asked if the rift is mendable. "I don't know if there's any rift," Shaw said. "It was a moment where tempers kind of prevailed, and those things happen. The decision was made to create some space in time away from the team. That's what we're doing. There's nothing really else to say about it. "One person is not going to stop the train going forward. My focus is always on the team, as opposed to one individual." Denver Post

Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who played with and was coached by Shaw, has a theory. "(Jackson) teaches from a place of Zen," Bryant said of not having a legion of coaches with their own teams. "He teaches from a place of ... balance. It's hard to replicate that. It has to be something that's a part of you, to have those philosophies and those beliefs — the meditation and all of that." Denver Post

And what about the triangle offense? Could more teams adopt the style and run it well? "No," Bryant said. "Because the system is predicated on the spirituality of the game, in terms of being in the moment, reacting, patience, balance. It comes directly from his beliefs and his philosophies spiritually. That's why you see teams that go out there and try to (do it) don't have that same level of success." Denver Post

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