Former NBA Head Coach Brian Shaw To Lead NBA G League Select Team

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Brian Shaw, a five-time NBA champion with nearly 30 years of experience as an NBA player and coach, has been named head coach of the new NBA G League team featuring elite youth prospects, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced Tuesday.

Debuting under Shaw in the 2020-21 season, the new team will include recent NBA G League signees Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto, who are set to earn six-figure contracts for playing a limited number of games next season. The team will be unaffiliated with any existing NBA G League franchise or NBA team. A number of veteran players are expected to complement the younger guys.

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“Brian’s extensive experience and success as an NBA player and coach make him a natural choice to lead the new NBA G League team,” said Abdur-Rahim. “We look forward to watching these terrific young players develop their skills and grow as professionals under Brian’s leadership.”  

“I’m excited to serve as head coach of the new NBA G League team,” said Shaw. “This is a new and different challenge in my career, and I’m ready to get to work mentoring, coaching and developing the next generation of NBA stars.”

Before joining the NBA G League, Shaw served as head coach of the Denver Nuggets for two seasons from 2013-15. He also held the position of associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers for two seasons (2011-13) and the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons (2016-19). He began his coaching career with a seven-year stint as a Lakers assistant from 2004-11. Shaw was part of the coaching staff when the Lakers won NBA championships in 2009 and 2010 and the Pacers reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013.

As a player, Shaw enjoyed a successful 14-year NBA career that included stints with the Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-6 guard won three consecutive NBA championships with the Lakers from 2000-02. He also spent the 1989-90 season playing professionally in Italy. Shaw helped the United States
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win the gold medal at the 1986 FIBA Basketball World Championship.

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