Could 76ers be considering Pacers assistant Shaw?

Brian Shaw, the Pacers' associate head coach , was considered for top jobs in Charlotte and Orlando.
Brian Shaw, the Pacers' associate head coach , was considered for top jobs in Charlotte and Orlando. (AP)
Posted: April 27, 2013

Is it time for the 76ers to turn the coaching reins over to someone with no head coaching experience?

That is one of the many options the team's front office must seriously consider as it moves to hire its eighth coach to lead the Sixers since 2003.

Eddie Jordan (27-55) and Doug Collins (110-120) have led the Sixers to a 137-175 record (.439) in the last four seasons, and both took over the Sixers having had experience as head coaches.

Brian Shaw, 47, the longtime assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and currently an associate head coach on South Jersey native Frank Vogel's Indiana Pacers staff, might be exactly what the Sixers need if they are not interested in hiring another retread.

An ex-player who has spent the last nine seasons as an assistant, including seven seasons under Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Shaw has been on the cusp of becoming a head coach the last few seasons. Some thought it would be Shaw - mostly because of a close relationship with Kobe Bryant and a mastery of the triangle offense - and not Mike Brown, who would replace Jackson when he stepped down in 2011.

Brown was fired by the Lakers at the start of the season when they got off to a sluggish start. He signed on Wednesday with the Cavaliers, whom he coached to 66- and 61-win seasons before being fired in 2010.

The Sixers never had the opportunity to interview Brown. If they are interested in Shaw, they will have to wait until the Pacers, who lead Atlanta, one game to none, are eliminated from the playoffs.

According to a league source reached Tuesday, the Sixers have yet to set up any interviews with prospective coaches. This is in line with what majority owner Joshua Harris said last week.

"I'd like to have a coach, but ultimately I want to have the right coach," Harris said. "So I don't think it's going to happen overnight. It's going to take a little bit of time to figure out who is going to coach the team."

Shaw was considered for the Orlando and Charlotte jobs last summer. He reportedly turned down Charlotte, indicating that he wanted to go to a better situation than the Bobcats, who were coming off a 7-59 season.

The Bobcats job came open Tuesday when the team fired Mike Dunlap after one season. Despite going just 21-61 this past season, the Bobcats may come after Shaw again. With potentially $21 million in cap space to spend on free agents, the Bobcats, who have won just 62 games combined in the last three seasons, could be dramatically improved next season.

Brian Shaw File

Current job

Associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers.

As a coach

2004-11: Lakers assistant coach.

2011-13: Pacers associate head coach.

As a player

He played mostly as a point guard in 14 NBA seasons with Boston, Miami, Orlando, Golden State, the 76ers, Portland, and the Lakers. He played 20 games with the Sixers in 1997-98 and averaged 6.1 points

per game.


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