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Report: Brian Shaw, Mike Malone early frontrunners for 76ers coaching job

Apr 24, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

Brian Shaw

UPDATE  2:51 p.m.: Clearly the 76ers are looking at some of the league’s top assistants to fill Doug Collins’ shoes.

So you can add Golden State’s Mike Malone to the list with Brian Shaw of Indiana, reports Dei Lynam at

Both are up and coming top assistants considered bright minds who make their head coaches better. They also both have been on the verge of getting a job before and just missed out. Frankly, either one would be a good hire.

8:45 am: Is this the summer Brian Shaw finally lands a head coaching job?

He’s been at the top of the assistant coaching ranks for a couple of years now, interviewed for a number of jobs and just not gotten a shot in the big chair. Now it looks like he could get a shot with an interesting rebuilding project in the City of Brotherly Love.

Via the twitter of’s Ken Berger.

Brown has just landed a new job as the headman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Again.

That leaves Shaw. He’s been at the right hand of Phil Jackson and Frank Vogel, he’s a guy the players on both the Lakers and Pacers respect and like. He relates to players and has good basketball knowledge. He’s not just a triangle guy, he’s a good basketball coach.

It’s early in the process, Shaw is still engaged with the Indiana Pacers, where he is the lead assistant on a team making a run in the playoffs that likely goes on for a few more weeks (to the second round, at least). The Sixers will certainly consider other names as well.

Shaw would likely be a good fit in Philly, although the question remains what kind of team are they building in Philly? Or are they just going to tread water with the roster this summer, moving on from the expectations of Andrew Bynum and looking for the next mega-deal where they can land a superstar player? It’s that or rebuild completely, and I’m not sure that would sit well with the fan base right now.

  1. lakerluver - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Darn it, he should be coaching the LAKERS right now!!

    • money2long - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      you know what i think, and i could be wrong, but the lakers didn’t want to hire shaw because they might have felt he and kobe were too close in the sense that, kobe’s played with him, and who knows how much kobe would take advantage of that dynamic. they were in the same locker rooms, and maybe kobe may get too comfortable too fast in the course of a season and resort to thwarting some of his coach’s wishes in the game. they went with diantoni because they knew of kobe’s admiration and respect for him, as kobe was a fan of his as a child. kobe would be more willing to submit to instruction in that scenario.

      hey, but as the season started looking rocky, kobe might have tried to rework things on the court anyway to an extent.

  2. aboogy123456 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    The Sixers may be the hardest team to coach in the league, but I’m happy that Shaw is finally getting a shot, I think he will be a great coach.

  3. erckle31 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    It’s about freakin’ time.

  4. ryanrockzzz - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    no Brian, don’t do it!

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I got to meet Brian back in the day when he played for the Heat. Very nice man. Kind, gracious and knows the game very well. I think he would be a good hire wherever he went

  6. stayhigh_247 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Philly doesn’t seem like the best fit for any rookie coach, they can be brutal in Realadelphia! With that being said, I hope he gets a shot, even if it’s in Philly.

    • somekat - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Not really, Philly fans are realistic. If he comes in to coach what is obviously a bad team, Philly fans will give him a few years to get it together (this isn’t the NFL where you can turn a team around in 1 off-season)

      Now if he was coming to a team that was just 1 step away from a title, yeah, that’s a bad fit for a young guy

  7. gostlcards5 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Well deserved. Hope he gets a chance.

  8. asimonetti88 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Either Malone or Shaw would be a great hire. Too many teams are hiring retreads with little to no success. One team needs to go out and try something new, they will be pleasantly surprised. It looks good for Vaughn in Orlando, and if Malone or Shaw goes to Philly I think it will work there too.

  9. somekat - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    My first choice would be Shaw. But him or Malone, and I would be happy. It would rather Shaw, just because I have a personal preference to guys who has a chip on their shoulder. After being the heir apparent in LA, and then being passed over so Little Buss could prove that it was his team and not Phils, I think he has a very large chip and his shoulder

    Who would of thunk it, a young coach, to coach a young team.

  10. philadelphiafan - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Shaw would be a great hire for the Sixers.

  11. lilkb - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Besides his background as an assistant, Brian shaw would also be good for the six
    ers because of his familiarity with Andrew bynum.

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