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.
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?