Jan 21, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Indiana Pacers assistant head coach Brian Shaw and head coach Frank Vogel during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Indiana defeated Memphis 82-81. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Assistant Coach Brian Shaw Looks to be Gone

May 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to assistant coach Brian Shaw on the sideline in a game against the Atlanta Hawks in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 106-83. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it looks like the writing is on the wall for Assistant Coach Brian Shaw as he’ll be approached by different teams for their head coaching positions.  I believe he’ll end up taking one of them, and the Pacers will have to look to see who they can replace him with. It will be a tough task as I feel like Shaw has added so much to this team through his coaching. He really looked to be that presence a guy like Paul George needed. I believe he also worked a ton with Lance Stephenson to get him to where he needs to be.  So the Pacers will have to look at that type of coach to bring in. I would say some former player who has a great relationship with the players.

It’s hard to just pick a name off the top of my head, but I am sure the Pacers’ front office will take their time and bring in the guy that fits the best.  I started to think of Patrick Ewing as he’s been around the block as assistant for a while, but I don’t know if he has that presence Shaw has.  This is one of the offseason tasks that will have to be addressed. We all know what a great coach Shaw is, and I would be happy for him to have that right head coaching job.  Looks like it could be New Jersey as they’re one of the first teams to call upon him.  Maybe Detroit is the spot for him. But I would imagine that the Nets are the landing spot as they’ve got a team in place that could contend.  Detroit is a mess, and I don’t see Shaw wanting to start off his head coaching career with that type of team.  Might as well head somewhere you can actually do your job the best way you can.

I know I am already kicking the guy out the door, and I don’t want it to seem that way. I just understand this business. I’m a Colts fan as well, and if the Colts can let go their top quarterback of ALL TIME in Peyton Manning, then I can obviously understand one of the assistant coaches heading for greener pastures.  I wish the best to Shaw in his pursuit of that head coaching job. He’s done a fantastic job here, and whoever might step in will have some big shoes to replace.  But the Pacers have been smart about assistant coaches before, and I believe they’ll find that right fit for the organization.

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