During his stint as the Indiana Pacers’ associate head coach (2011-13), Brian Shaw worked especially close with budding NBA superstar Paul George. As the six-time NBA all-star (who also won the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player award under Shaw’s tutelage) truly came into his own as the player NBA fans know and love today, George thanked Shaw for his part in the former’s development.
“He was tough. That’s what I enjoyed most about him,” George said. “One thing I love is people that don’t bite their tongue. That’s definitely B. Shaw.”
Shaw held George to a certain standard and shepherded him to stardom. Now the favored mentor will take on a new challenge, hoping to guide some of the NBA G League’s rising youngsters who hope to shine in the NBA, as head coach of a new team.
As head coach of the newly formed squad (set to debut in 2020-21), Shaw will lead a group of elite prospects featuring the likes of Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto, all of whom will hit the minor league hardwood in hopes of proving their worth and putting in that prep work for a potential selection in the 2021 NBA Draft.
“He’s got the rare ability to talk to players honestly and still have a very good relationship with them,” NBA head coach Luke Walton said upon hiring Shaw on his Lakers staff in 2016. George went on to add that the coach has a great presence with young players and makes sure they’re dialed in to getting better every day. If George’s rise is any indication, the proof is undeniable.
Of course, these testimonials aren’t the only things that provide Shaw with instant credibility to lead these talented prospects. He’s no stranger to competing at a high level. In fact, Shaw’s a proven winner at all levels with the accolades and experience to show for it. See below:
- 5x NBA champion (three as a player, two as an assistant coach)
- NBA head coach from 2013-15
- 1986 FIBA World Championship Gold Medalist
- No.22 retired by UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
- NBA coaching experience from 2005-2019 (with Lakers, Pacers, and Nuggets)
Recognized as the “Best Assistant” in NBA.com’s GM Survey in 2012-13, Shaw’s positive influence and ability to connect with the next generation has long been noted. As he tackles this next challenge, he’ll look to add an excellent experience with the NBA G League’s next line of special talents (with positive results in the NBA to hopefully follow thanks to their time learning from him) to an already glowing resume.