The NBA prides itself as a dues-required league.
Opportunities, whether it’s playing time, a spot in the starting lineup or a coveted administrative post, have a tendency to be earned rather than prearranged. It’s here the situation of Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw is different, if not altogether perplexing.
Shaw’s 12-year playing career had him wearing the logos of seven different franchises. From 2004 to 2011, he served as an assistant for former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson before he was hired by the Pacers in June 2011.
All told, Shaw, 46, who has spent more than half his life drawing an NBA paycheck, owns five championship rings, three as a player and two as a coach.