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Pistons take next step with Brian Shaw

May 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Brian Shaw

Phil Jackson very clearly wanted Brian Shaw to become an NBA head coach in 2011. Two years later, the process of Jackson getting Shaw a head job is still very slowly moving forward.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News two weeks ago:

The Pistons have targeted a bevy of names to bring in, from former head coaches to assistants like Miami’s David Fizdale and Indiana’s Brian Shaw.

Tom Leyden of ABC 7 yesterday:

Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw has been contacted by the Detroit Pistons to interview for the team’s head coaching job, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The Pacers, as they told the Nets, likely won’t let Shaw interview until after Indiana’s playoff run. But Jackson, who’s advising Detroit on its coaching search, could probably use his relationship with Shaw to help determine whether the Pistons should delay their hire until they can speak with him.

Shaw has helped turn the Pacers into one of the NBA’s top defensive teams, and that would likely appeal to Pistons general manager Joe Dumars, who it seems would also have a prominent role in Detroit’s coaching search. If there’s a candidate Dumars and Jackson both covet, that would ease the potential awkwardness between the two.

Nate McMillan might be the front-runner for the Pistons job, but unlike in 2011 with the Lakers, the politics could be working in Shaw’s favor this time.

  1. stlouis1baseball - May 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Very deserving. Perhaps moreso than anyone. Let’s allow him to do his job then re-visit it after the season is over. Go Pacers!

  2. cantonbound13 - May 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    How much did they pay Phil, to get advised he recommends Shaw for the job? I could have told them that.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Hahaha! Yeah really Canton. Pretty sweet gig huh?

  3. mogogo1 - May 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    “…from former head coaches to assistants like Miami’s David Fizdale and Indiana’s Brian Shaw.”

    Sounds like they’re very lucky to have Phil on the payroll. What front office would think to interview former head coaches AND top assistants? Pure genius.

  4. mazblast - May 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Both Phil’s objectivity and (purchased) loyalty are questionable at best.

  5. 4thquartermagic - May 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    If shaw is such a coaching dynamo, why has NO team hired him?

    Plenty of teams with terrible coaches out there, yet every year for the past 3 it seems, Shaw’s name is mentioned but nothing materializes.

    Phil Jackson must be reverse black-balling him by endorsing him or something. Teams don’t trust that the Zen master isn’t F’ing with them.

  6. mblue24 - May 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Hire Shaw Detroit!!!

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