If you’re the Nets and you have an owner demanding a title, you want a coach who understands winning.
Brian Shaw fits that description — drafted on to Larry Bird’s Celtics, he won three rings as a player with the Shaq/Kobe Lakers, coached and won more rings under Phil Jackson, and was part of the Pacers staff that just pushed the Heat to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
So it’s no shock the Nets want to talk to Shaw, as reported by ESPN. They reportedly have been doing a lot of background research on him, according to Mike Wells of the Indy Star.
Shaw also reportedly is in the discussion for the Clippers job. So is Lionel Hollins, who says he wants to stay in Memphis but has drawn interest from the Nets as well.
The question these coaches need to ask themselves: How far can this roster really go? Billy King has max guys in Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, a tough-to-move $10 million a year deal for Gerald Wallace and just not a lot of roster flexibility. The Nets won 49 games last season, but how much better can they do? Particularly in an East where the Pacers are improving, the Bulls get Derrick Rose back and the Heat are the Heat. Is a coach going to be able to lift the Nets to new heights?
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.
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.