Brian Shaw played for the Lakers, and when his career was done, he joined Phil Jackson’s staff in Los Angeles. Shaw was basically the right hand man for 8 seasons in LA and Indiana as an assistant coach, and was constantly passed up for head coaching jobs. After George Karl was fired, Shaw finally got a job as the head guy for the Denver Nuggets. Now that he is in charge, will he try to convince Phil Jackson to join his staff? It doesn’t sound like it, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA:
“No,” Shaw said with a laugh Sunday when asked if he had any plans to coerce the Zen Master out of retirement to join his coaching staff. “He can be my Tex? No. No.”
“I want to invite him to come and watch us practice and just kind of see how I’m doing,” said Shaw, who recently helped former Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen connect with former Lakers player and current Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue to observe Clippers training camp in San Diego.
Shaw says he has already reached out to Jackson for advice on how to run his team and recently shared time with the 68-year-old Jackson at a coaches’ clinic in L.A.
“He looks good,” Shaw said. “He still has his wits about him.”
Tex is referring to Tex Winter, who is the guy credited for creating the triangle offense, which Phil Jackson won 11 championships with. Brian Shaw isn’t going to play the triangle, so it wouldn’t make too much sense to bring Jackson on. Phil Jackson probably won’t coach again, and I don’t see him being an assistant anyways. Don’t be surprised if you see bits and pieces of the triangle offense from the Nuggets, though.