Note: Over the next couple of weeks we will break down the pool of candidates to become the Sixers' new head coach.
College: Saint Mary's and UC Santa Barbara
Playing career: Boston, Miami, Orlando, Golden State, Philadelphia, Portland, Los Angeles Lakers (1988-2003). All-rookie second team in 1988-89 and three-time NBA champion with Lakers (2000-2003).
Coaching: Assistant with Los Angeles Lakers from 2004 to 2011 and associate head coach with Indiana Pacers for past two seasons.
Résumé: The longtime reserve guard has a championship pedigree. He played for a Lakers team that won three consecutive titles and also served as an assistant coach with the franchise for two more championships -- all with the Zen Master, Phil Jackson, at the helm. Shaw was passed over to be Jackson's successor in Los Angeles and now helps guide a gritty Pacers team, which has made him one of the hot names to land a head coaching gig.
Potential fit with Sixers
John Finger: Shaw should have been the pick to replace Phil Jackson with the Lakers. He’s a no-brainer to coach the Sixers, though it seems as if Shaw will be in demand with many of the other teams currently looking for a head coach. Look for the Nets, Hawks and Pistons to be the most aggressive in pursuing Shaw.
John Gonzalez: The Lakers made a mistake by not elevating Shaw to head coach after Phil Jackson re-retired for the umpteenth time. He’s versed in Jackson’s lauded triangle offense, as well as his Zen coaching style. Not to mention that he has an excellent reputation with players. Shaw is at the top of my list. But that’s the problem here -- he’ll be at the top of almost everyone’s list. He'll likely be able to pick where he goes more than any other candidate. Why would he select the Sixers, a team with few assets, limited cap space and a front office in disarray?
Dei Lynam: Shaw will be an excellent head coach one day soon in the NBA. His not being able to interview currently may actually increase his opportunities. L.A. Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro is in the final two months of his contract. With the Clippers failing to advance to the second round, the organization will likely go in a new direction. Shaw is a California native. I think the Sixers will have too much competition to land him as Doug Collins' successor.