Brian Shaw enjoyed immense success with the Lakers during his playing days.

Brian Shaw enjoyed immense success with the Lakers during his playing days.

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With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center. 

After head coach Luke Walton, veteran NBA assistant coach Brian Shaw will serve as the most important voice on the Lakers’ bench. Shaw is no stranger to the Lakers, as he has a storied career here–both as a player and a coach.

Shaw won three championships alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant as a player, and he later added two more as an assistant coach next to Phil Jackson. Additionally, he served as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets from 2013-2015.

From player development to scouting, Shaw has served in multiple capacities within the organization. He will continue to work on the development of the team’s plethora of young players, including Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart.

Following the selection of Ball, Walton tasked Shaw with mentoring the dynamic guard. His role will change somewhat in 2018-19, as the team features a steady mix of veterans and young players. Shaw’s presence will help, as he has been with the organization throughout its most successful time periods.

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