The Los Angeles Lakers clearly missed out on a great thing when they passed over Brian Shaw to be the head coach.
Shaw learned to play Phil Jackson's triangle offense and got lots of votes of confidence from players like Kobe Bryant when the Zen Master retired, but the Lake Show was loathe to hire a guy with no experience as a head coach.
Well, he's about to get just that after his year with the Indiana Pacers. Shaw helped coach up their defense, which took the Miami Heat all the way to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.
After the Pacers' exit, coach Frank Vogel is already certain that they're going to have to replace him. He said:
''I'm not really sure how they try to replace him. But I do have the anticipation that we will have to replace him and if we don't, then there are some poor decisions being made out there because I believe he'll be one of the great coaches in this league.''
Most Lakers fans would agree, and if you've been paying attention to the myriad of things Jackson has said lately, it's likely Shaw would get the gig if Jackson joins the front office.
Shaw has three rings as a player and two as an assistant coach, so why the Lakers went with first Mike Brown and then Mike D'Antoni, both of whom are ringless, is beyond most people; unless they were trying to distance themselves from all things Phil Jackson.
Which is a serious, and silly, possibility
Hopefully they'll at least consider bringing in Shaw, because he's got the right attitude and skill set to take this team beyond the next level (since the next level would just be the second round of the playoffs).