Pacers management was adamant that Frank Vogel would need a team of high-level assistants if they were going to hire him to run the team. Getting Brian Shaw, who had a decade of experience as an assistant, mostly under the most-accomplished NBA coach of all time, to sign up was a huge step forward in that direction. Dan Burke and his 16 years of NBA bench time also agreed to return.
And now, they have added Jim Boylen, who has been the head coach at the University of Utah for the past four years.
I don’t know much else about the guy other than some (perhaps true) facts listed on his Wikipedia page:
- he was fired from Utah in March after a 13-18 season. (He finished 69-60 in four years.)
- he served under my favorite NCAA college coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State,
- he has spent time as an NBA assistant, for 11 years in Houston and also with Golden State and Milwaukee
- he played college ball at the University of Maine, once finishing secnd to Northeastern’s Reggie Lewis for conference MVP
The University of Maine also happens to be in my hometown so you would think I would know a little more about one of the few basketball players of note who has ever attended the school. But I don’t.
Still … Go Blue.
And since we don’t have any video of Boylen ballin’, here’s another new Pacers assistant doing throwing an alley-oop to Shaq Kobe. In our lockout boredom states of mind the other day, some of us folks were passing around YouTube videos of great dunks. This was on shared by Myles Brown. And as someone who follows the Lakers closer than almost anyone noted after seeing the highlight, “Shaw was one of the best lob throwers.”
Hopefully he can teach a little bit of that to George Hill and Darren Collison.