On June 1, it emerged that Brian Shaw will become the Head Coach of the new NBA G League elite team. The team, based in Los Angeles, has top prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, and Kai Sotto confirmed to be on board for next season.
The news was confirmed by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
It had been previously reported that Shaw was joined by Sam Mitchell and David Fizdale in a pool of candidates for the highly sought after position.
The 54-year-old won 3 NBA Championships as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, between 2000 and 2002. Before winning a further 2 rings as an Assistant Coach of the purple and gold in 2009 and 2010.
Most recently, Shaw was the Associate Head Coach for the Lakers between 2016 and 2019, under Luke Walton. Previously he’s been the Associate Head Coach of the Indiana Pacers (2011-13). As well as being the Head Coach of the Denver Nuggets (2013-15).
The prospects on the new elite team will receive professional coaching, training, and exhibition contests. They will be alongside professional veteran players too.
When looking at the scheduling, it is understood that the team will play a condensed season. Away from the traditional G League schedule. Opponents are believed to include other G League teams, overseas national teams, and NBA academies.
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