Shaw on January 25, 2010
|No. 20, 22, 7|
March 22, 1966 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Bishop O'Dowd
|College||Saint Mary's (1983–1985)
UC Santa Barbara (1986–1988)
|NBA Draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1989–1990||Il Messaggero Roma (Italy)|
|1997–1998||Golden State Warriors|
|1999||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1999–2003||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2004–2011||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant coach)|
|2011–present||Indiana Pacers (associate head coach)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||6,547 (7.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,183 (3.4 rpg)|
|Assists||3,918 (4.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Brian K. Shaw (born March 22, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player and current associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers. At 6' 6" he could play both guard positions, but was used primarily at point guard over the course of his 14 seasons in the league.
Early life 
Shaw grew up in Oakland, California with other future basketball stars such as Antonio Davis, Jason Kidd, and Gary Payton, as well as Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell. He attended Westlake Middle School and then Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. For college, he attended St. Mary's College of California for his freshman and sophomore years of college, then transferred to UC Santa Barbara for his junior and senior seasons. In his senior year, he was named Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) player of the year as he led the Gauchos to their first ever NCAA tournament berth. He was taken with the 24th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1988 NBA Draft.
Playing career 
In 1988, Shaw signed a one year contract with the Celtics. In 1989, Shaw signed a two-year contract to play with an Italian team, Il Messaggero Roma. At the end of January 1990, Shaw signed a 5 year deal with the Celtics. In June of that year, Shaw told the Celtics he planned to play for Il Messaggero during the 1990 season. The ensuing contract dispute, Boston Celtics v. Brian Shaw, which Shaw lost, became a relatively famous sports law case and is read in many law school contracts classes.
During his NBA career, he played for the Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers. He was a member of four squads that made NBA Finals appearances: the 1995 Magic and the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Lakers (with the Laker teams all winning championships).
He also played for the US national team in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal. Shaw hit a key 3 point basket in the waning moments of the gold medal game vs. the USSR that the U.S. won by 2.
While a member of the Heat, on April 8, 1993, Shaw hit a then-NBA record ten three-point field goals (out of 15 attempts) against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, finishing with 32 points. Starting in 1994, he was one-half of the popular "Shaw-Shaq Redemption" (named after The Shawshank Redemption), an alley-oop from Shaw to Shaquille O'Neal that was popular with fans in both Orlando and Los Angeles (Shaw and O'Neal were also Laker teammates). In an interview with The Miami Herald in 2007, O'Neal claimed that the teammate he had most respected in his career was Shaw.
Coaching career 
Shaw retired following the 2002–03 season. He worked for the Lakers as an Oakland-based scout during the 2003–04 season. He was appointed assistant coach of the Lakers during the 2004–05 season. He was considered for the Lakers head coaching job following Phil Jackson's retirement, but was ultimately passed over in favor of Mike Brown. On June 23, 2011 Shaw reached an agreement to join the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach. Shaw is a highly respected assistant coach by other NBA coaches as well as the media.
Personal life 
In July 1993, both of Shaw's parents and his sister were killed in an auto accident in Nevada. His sister's daughter survived the crash and Shaw, with help from his aunt, helped raise her. Shaw's wife, Nikki, is a professional chef. They married in 1998 and have two children.
- "Boston Celtics v. Brian Shaw". Mark's Sportslaw News. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
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- "Brian Shaw Printable Stats". NBA.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
- Tim Brown (April 20, 2003). "Finding Peace Through Pain". Los Angeles Times.
- "Welcome to The Official Site of Chef Nikki Shaw". Chefnikkishaw.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
Media related to Brian Shaw at Wikimedia Commons