Pacers loss could be Nets gain

Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets formally requested an interview with Lionel Hollins from the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday, and Hollins could be followed up soon.

Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw (AP)
The Indiana Pacers were eliminated last night by the Miami Heat in blowout fashion, losing 99-76 in a game that the Heat blew open with a 33-16 second quarter. With the Pacers elimination comes an opportunity for the Nets: they are now free to pursue an interview with Indiana Pacers assistant coach, Brian Shaw.

After P.J. Carlesimo was let go by Brooklyn, Donnie Walsh told the New York Daily News that he would allow Brian Shaw to interview with the Nets once the Pacers had exited the playoffs.

Shaw has been linked numerous times to Brooklyn’s vacant head coaching job, as well as the vacancies for the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons. One report said Shaw could be the frontrunner.

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star noted on Twitter that Billy King has done significant background work on Shaw.

A former player, Shaw has been an assistant coach since retiring from basketball in 2004, first with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004-11 until joining the Pacers organization. Shaw learned under coaching legend Phil Jackson for all but one of his seasons in Los Angeles, and it’s presumed (though not definite) that Shaw will bring Jackson’s famed triangle offense with him to his first head coaching spot.

Pacers players have endorsed Shaw for a head coaching gig, calling him a “champion” and giving him ample credit for their development and team defensive system.

With all that in mind, expect to hear an interview request from Brooklyn for Brian Shaw soon.

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