Paul George used to be as anonymous as some guy named John Ringo. Now? He's an NBA all-star, having averaged 19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game during the postseason, in which he led the Indiana Pacers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
On Tuesday, George worked out with his summertime basketball trainer, former Los Angeles Lakers reserve Mike Penberthy.
"Paul does credit Brian Shaw with a lot of his development," Penberthy said of the Pacers assistant coach. "He said Brian deserves a head coaching job. He's had his run as an assistant and it's time for him to get his chance."
Shaw might get his chance with the Nuggets.
He interviewed with the Nuggets on Tuesday, an NBA source confirmed, and is in competition with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who is set to interview Wednesday.
So just who is Brian Shaw? Interviews with those who know the 47-year-old former guard reveal a likable, versatile, passionate basketball mind, yearning to break out as a young coach.
"I think there is a trend in the NBA to give the next generation of coaches a chance, and with the youth in Denver, to me it would make sense," said Penberthy, who was teammates with Shaw on the 2000-01 championship Lakers and now works out numerous NBA players, including Andre Iguodala. "There are different styles of head coaches. There are those who are old school and enforcing and then there's the newer style of coach that's more about personality. And I think Brian works across the board.
"He has substance from what he knows and he has personality to where the players can be inspired by him and follow him. I think he'd be a great fit with Denver; they do have some young talent."
Once presumed as Phil Jackson's heir apparent with the Lakers, the mystery is why Shaw has yet to get a head coaching position. He's long been a hot candidate, having gotten interviews for more than 10 head coaching positions.