Jul 5, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT
It probably wasn’t the job he was hoping to get when the off-season began, but long-time Laker assistant coach Brian Shaw will be Frank Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana, according to multiple sources.
When Phil Jackson retired after the Lakers were swept by the NBA champion Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs, some believed that Shaw’s knowledge of the Lakers’ personnel and offensive system would make him next in line for the Lakers’ head coaching job, and Shaw was endorsed by several Laker players. However, the Lakers ultimately decided to hire former Cavaliers head coach and 2009 Coach of the Year Mike Brown as their head coach, and former Cavalier assistant and Detroit head coach Jon Kuester will be Brown’s lead assistant in Los Angeles.
It’s unclear whether Shaw will try to install the legendary Triangle offense in Indiana, but it seems unlikely. While the Pacers do have an excellent young post-up player in Roy Hibbert, they had most of their success playing either drive-and-kick or run-and-gun basketball last season; they played at the 6th-fastest pace in the league, and the Nuggets were the only team to make it into the playoffs while playing at a faster pace than Indiana.