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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pacers round out coaching staff with Shaw, Burke

Brian Shaw had Kobe Bryant's support, among others, to become the Los Angeles Lakers coach upon Phil Jackson's retirement.

The Lakers bypassed their longtime assistant and went with Mike Brown. Shaw has moved on in a reunion of sorts.

The Indiana Pacers introduced Shaw on as their new associate head coach Wednesday. He will act alongside Pacers coach Frank Vogel, a man he knows from their days on Los Angeles' staff together during the 2005-2006 season.

"We really established a extra connection back then," Shaw said. "A good friendship. We stayed in touch over the years."

Shaw was considered a head coaching nominee during his time with the Lakers, and Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Derek Fisher publicly supported his bid to become Jackson's successor. Shaw said he tempered his expectations.

"I understood all along that nothing was a slam dunk," he said. "I did not expect for anything to be handed to me or given to me. I was very appreciative of the comments and the support that I got from out players during and after the season."

Shaw is fine with the way things played out.

"I do not have any hard feelings at all because things are switching there, and there Is an opportunity here that I am excited about," he told.

Shaw Is not sure what his new title entails, but he appreciates it and considers it confirmation that he's nearing his goal of becoming a head coach.

"I am getting close, so I think it is a stamp that says I am just about prepare," he told. "But to me, I am just another assistant coach."

Vogel said Shaw is more than that.

"He's a guy that, quite frankly, I did not think I was going to be able to get," he told. "He's a guy that's been in line to be a head coach for a number of years. I view him as having almost like a 2nd head coach with me."

Vogel told the hiring shows that the Pacers are moving in the right direction.

"There was interest in him around the league and he selected to come to Indiana," he said. "It's indicative of what we're building here. People want to be a part of this team and this city, right now. It's going to be a special era."

Shaw said Indiana's fans are knowledgeable, and he likes the idea of coaching in a place where basketball is the key attraction.

"A lot of time, the fans in L.A., and it is not a knock against them, but it was a lot of celebrities, and people come to the came to see who they can see and who's at the game instead of what's going on in the game," he told.

As an assistant for Jackson, Shaw said he studied from the best.

"One of the things that I truly admire and respect about the time that I was able to spend with him was how he dealt with his personnel, another egos, and unified them and made them all one," he told.

Shaw wants to display Jackson's demeanor.

"I have never seen not just a coach, but a man, so patient," Shaw told. "You could be down 20, you could be in Game 7 of the finals and need a critical play out of one of your players and he was always on an even keel. That's what I hope rubbed off on me and I will be able to imitate it at some point."

Vogel said Shaw's collection of experiences - he won 3 NBA titles as a player and 2 as an assistant coach - help make him an ideal addition.

"There's guys that are special and guys that are qualified," Vogel told. "We have got a special nominee here."

The Pacers also retained Dan Burke from the former staff and look to add a 3rd assistant soon.

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