NBA Rumors: Brian Shaw Will Regret Passing on Charlotte Bobcats Coaching Job
Brian Shaw, currently an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers and three-time NBA champion as a player for the Lakers and assistant from 2004-2011 under Phil Jackson, reportedly passed up on the Charlotte Bobcats head coaching gig.
According to Shaun Powell of NBA.com and ESPN, the 46-year-old is holding out for a better opportunity.
Unfortunately, he’s not going to find one this offseason.
Obviously, the Orlando Magic are currently seeking a new coach after firing Stan Van Gundy, but the situation in the Magic Kingdom may be worse than the one in Charlotte.
The Bobcats have a youthful roster with a ton of former lottery picks such as Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Tyrus Thomas, as well as the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft.
Did Shaw Make the Right Call in Holding Out?
There is plenty of opportunity to build around this core and they will be better than the 7-59 record they posted during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. All they need is some guidance from a solid coach that can get them to play up to their ability.
Orlando has Dwight Howard, who is currently doing everything he can to sabotage the team and is once again being featured in trade rumors that will not stop until the organization finally jettisons him.
Aside from that fiasco, there is little left on the roster that is capable of contributing or bringing back value for a rebuild.
Hedo Turkoglu’s disgusting contract is going to be near-impossible to trade, the organization does not know if it wants to go into a full-blown rebuild or try to return a superstar for Howard and the roster is a mess aside from a few bright spots like Ryan Anderson.
The Magic overachieved in 2011-12 and much of that credit must go to SVG. Without him, that team was imploding and would have never reached the postseason.
If the inexperienced Shaw is holding out to try and fill those shoes, he is going to need a lot of luck and a lot of patience.
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