With the Doc Rivers saga coming to a close and the trade that would send him to Los Angeles awaiting League Approval, the head coaching search must begin.
There are a plethora of choices for Boston to helm this team for the foreseeable future but one name Ainge and Ownership should have at the top of their list is Former Celtics Brian Shaw. Shaw was drafted in 1988 by the Celtics with the 24th pick. He spent 6 years as an assistant under Phil Jackson with Lakers and won 2 championships with the team. Immediately after Jackson retired, he left for Indiana and has been their Assistant since 2011.
Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe transcibed a bit of what Shaw’s Agent had to say about coming to Boston:
“[He] would enjoy working for the team that he started his career with,” said Shaw’s agent, Jerome Stanley, adding that Shaw also would enjoy working for Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who was Shaw’s teammate in Boston during the 1988-89 season.
To me if you’re Danny, you get Shaw in for an interview and hire him immediately. He’s the most qualified of all the first timers out there and if you want to start fresh you have to go this route. Obviously there might be issues if Shaw decides to install the famous Triangle but you iron out those details during the interview process.
Shaw has been passed over many times but it just might be a factor of his interview skills or teams not wanting to integrate his system. He’s the most highly regarded assistant out there and it wouldn’t hurt for Danny to go young.