Ex-Laker Brian Shaw to coach Green, Sotto G League team

FILE –  Head coach Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game with the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Former NBA veteran Brian Shaw will be the head coach of the NBA G League’s Southern California-based select team featuring Jalen Green and Kai Sotto, as per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Shaw is a three-time NBA champion serving as a key backup guard to Kobe Bryant during the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-peat from 2000-2002.

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He won two more championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 as one of Phil Jackson’s assistants.

“Brian Shaw has agreed to become the head coach of the new NBA G League elite pro team headlined by Jalen Green, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium,” Charania tweeted Tuesday.

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The Fil-American Green, the No. 1 high school prospect in the US, blazed a trail after choosing the developmental league’s pathway program over topnotch college programs.

It didn’t take long for Sotto to follow suit as the 7-foot-2 Filipino became the first international player to take the G League route.

The 18-year-old Sotto hopes to become the first full-blooded Filipino to make the NBA.

The 54-year-old Shaw is also the former head coach of the Denver Nuggets from 2013-2015. The Nuggets compiled a 56-85 record in only two seasons with Shaw at the helm.

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