Brian Keith Shaw (born March 22, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He could play both guard positions, but was used primarily at point guard over the course of his 14 seasons in the league.
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. In the final between the US and Soviet Union, Shaw hit a key three-pointer in the closing seconds. The American team won the game by two points.
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.
On NBA All-Star Weekend in 2000, held in Oakland, Shaw received a key to the City of Oakland along with his fellow Oakland natives Jason Kidd and Gary Payton.
After spending two years on the Pacers’ bench, on June 25, 2013, Shaw was announced as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, replacing former coach George Karl. On March 3, 2015, he was fired by the Nuggets after compiling a record of 56–85 (.397) in just under two seasons.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA champion (2000–2002)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1989)
Big West Player of the Year (1988)
As assistant coach:
2× NBA champion (2009, 2010)
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,547 (7.0 ppg)
Rebounds 3,183 (3.4 rpg)
Assists 3,918 (4.2 apg)
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1986 Spain National team