Brian Shaw may be making a return to Los Angeles.
With Luke Walton penciled in as the Los Angeles Lakers‘ new head coach, he’ll be looking for assistant coaches to fill out his staff. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Shaw is a name reportedly on Walton’s wish list.
While Shaw obviously has head coaching experience as the Denver Nuggets‘ lead man during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, the move would be a bit ironic. When Phil Jackson retired as head coach of the Lakers following the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, it was Shaw who was widely considered to be the guy who would replace Jackson with the Purple & Gold.
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That didn’t end up becoming a reality as executive vice president Jim Buss hired Mike Brown instead. Shaw would end up serving as an assistant for the Indiana Pacers for two years before being offered the Nuggets head coaching job in 2013.
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Shaw and Walton have a long relationship dating back to their Laker days. Shaw served as an assistant coach under Jackson from 2005 until 2011, years that featured Walton as a key player of Los Angeles’ rotation.
Considering their familiarity with one another during the Lakers’ last era of winning success, the fan base would likely approve of Shaw’s return to Los Angeles under Walton.