Report: Sixers reach out to Brian Shaw about coaching job

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Brian Shaw is once again going to get a number of job interviews this off-season… well, once the Pacers start to have an off-season.

And among the teams he will talk to is the Philadelphia 76ers, reports Dei Lynam CSNPhilly.com.

The Sixers, according to a source, have contacted the Pacers’ associate head coach about their vacant head-coaching position. Because the Pacers are in the playoffs, Shaw will interview for the position when the time is appropriate.

The Sixers job is open because Doug Collins has stepped away (into a nebulous front office consulting role).

Shaw was a 14-year NBA veteran who upon retirement joined Phil Jackson’s staff with the Lakers, where he rose the ranks to becoming a top assistant (and won a couple championship rings as an assistant). While the Lakers players wanted Shaw to take over for Jackson management (read: Jim Buss) wanted a new direction and brought in Mike Brown.

Shaw went to Indiana where he has worked with Frank Vogel and helped turn the Pacers into a top three team in the East. Shaw is respected by players and has a great hoops IQ. He seems groomed for the job.

A number of teams will likely talk to Shaw and he will get a job offer he wants. Lynam also reports the rumor that Shaw was offered the Bobcats job last year but didn’t like the fit (that’s something top assistants can do, turn down jobs that seem destined to fail in the short term to wait for a better landing spot).

The Sixers have some nice young players starting with Jrue Holiday at the point, also Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner (well, they need to figure out what to do with him). But the Sixers need to figure out what Andrew Bynum and also figure out what kind of team they are trying to build.

Jazz boost international bona fides with new minor-league coach

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.

Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.

Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.

Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.

The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.

Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 with Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.

The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.

In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.

 

PBT Extra: Cavaliers’ new GM aces first big test with Kyrie Irving trade

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Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.

New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.

That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.

First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.

Cavaliers-Celtics deal first offseason trade involving players who just met in NBA Finals or conference finals

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The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.

Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

That seemed odd.

In fact, it’s unprecedented.

That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron Jamescachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.

Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.