With the departure of the legendary American coach—Phil Jackson—from the L.A. Lakers, his youngest assistant, Brian Shaw, is considered a leading candidate to replace him.
At the tender age of 45 years old, Shaw wouldn't be the youngest head coach in the NBA, but he'd definitely be one of the best dressed.
The husband and father of two, I believe, should replace Jackson and within this show are the reasons why. Weigh in if you like, but join me first on an entertaining look into the Bleacher Report version of a possible Facebook page: "Brian Shaw for Lakers Coach."
Let's go. Roll the drums...
Shaw's former teammate, Bryant is an auto-pilot in the NBA.
You know how some players are self-checked? Well, Kobe is self-coached and can often be seen directing the Lakers on the floor and on the bench.
Like a lot of superstars have done in the NBA, he pretty much determines when he wants to check back into a game, and when he wants to sit.
This would free Shaw's mind and ease his transition into the head coaching ranks.
The "Shaw-Shaq Redemption" was a thing of beauty in Orlando and in L.A. Shaw could bring Shaq in as an assistant coach and have Shaq represent the Lakers once again—in entertaining fashion while winning.
O'Neal could provide some insight, but he could mostly keep Andrew Bynum in check for the next year until Dwight Howard is available.
Being a part of it since before the New Millennium, Shaw knows the NBA.
Blazing a path for former Oakland ballers, he appeared in four NBA Finals before he retired in 2003.
Like another Oakland, Calif., native—Gary Payton—Shaw wore jersey No. 20 for the Lakers. At 6'6", he played both guard spots, but Shaw was a point guard in the NBA.
He was the glue coming off the bench for the championship teams, and his pedigree as a vocal leader, solid player and budding coach is credible intelligence, Mr. President.
Shaw is from Oakland, but he's Hollywood all right. Look at the tailor made suit—fitted especially for the red carpet coming into Staples Center.
Unlike any other NBA coach with a clipboard in his hand—it's lights, camera and action. Show Time would be back at the coaching position.
Feeding Big Shaq isn't as easy at it sounds, but Shaw was one of the best. Feeding the post in the triangle offense isn't easy, either, but Shaw excelled in his duties.
One of Jackson's favorites off the bench, Shaw showed a command of the offense during his tenure with the Lakers. He also was adept at throwing alley-oop passes and shooting three-pointers.
Shaw went out a winner after the Lakers three-peated in 2003. Playing alongside Robert Horry, Shaq, Kobe, Glenn Rice, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox and crew, he showed he could handle the pressure and knew how to win.
He joined the Lakers as a show time talent scout soon after.
His niece—his sister's daughter—survived the crash and Shaw, with help from his aunt, helped raise her.
Brian lives in L.A. with his wife, Nikki—who is a professional chef. Married since the year he was drafted, he has two kids.
Shaw sat under Jackson, literally. Phil's bad back meant he sat in a raised chair along the Lakers' bench during games.
Monty Williams spent less time under the Trail Blazer's coach Nate McMillan as an assistant. Williams, 39, led the Hornets to the playoffs in his first season as head coach this year.
Eric Spoelstra, 40, spent less time under Pat Riley—becoming an assistant in 2005 during the Heat's 2006 NBA championship run.
Shaw was almost a part of Jackson's fourth three-peat in the NBA.
The Lakers came up short, and Jackson is riding off into the sunset a loser. Shaw is the only coach under 50 years old schooled by Jackson in today's NBA.
Only Indiana's Frank Vogel, Williams and Spoelstra are younger than Shaw, I believe. Time for me to go tend to my young one. Catch me next time. Go Brian Shaw.