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Brian Shaw to be Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana

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It probably wasn’t the job he was hoping to get when the off-season began, but long-time Laker assistant coach Brian Shaw will be Frank Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana, according to multiple sources.

When Phil Jackson retired after the Lakers were swept by the NBA champion Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs, some believed that Shaw’s knowledge of the Lakers’ personnel and offensive system would make him next in line for the Lakers’ head coaching job, and Shaw was endorsed by several Laker players. However, the Lakers ultimately decided to hire former Cavaliers head coach and 2009 Coach of the Year Mike Brown as their head coach, and former Cavalier assistant and Detroit head coach Jon Kuester will be Brown’s lead assistant in Los Angeles.

It’s unclear whether Shaw will try to install the legendary Triangle offense in Indiana, but it seems unlikely. While the Pacers do have an excellent young post-up player in Roy Hibbert, they had most of their success playing either drive-and-kick or run-and-gun basketball last season; they played at the 6th-fastest pace in the league, and the Nuggets were the only team to make it into the playoffs while playing at a faster pace than Indiana.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.