The NBA is gaining ground on America’s college leagues, and the announcement of Brian Shaw as project leader and mentor for his new NBA G League team of college stars, the formative division of the American league, is the confirmation that its strategy is advancing despite the times of COVID-19.
The NCAA already had to cancel its famous March Madness in March due to the pandemic, and the blow to the collegiate league coffers that is sweeping across the country led to rumors of a possible rout. At the moment, The NBA has already scooped up and taken future college prospects like Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto., who will play together under Shaw’s orders.
“It is a new and different challenge in my career, and I’m ready to work on teaching, coaching, and developing the next generation of NBA starsShaw stated in the G League press release. The former player had been on the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff since 2016, having coached the Denver Nuggets between 2013 and 2015. As a player, Shaw won three consecutive titles with the Kobe and Shaq Lakers.
“Brian’s long experience and success as an NBA player and coach make him a natural choice to lead this new team in the G League,” said Abdur-Rahim, head of the competition. “We look forward to seeing these tremendous young players develop their talents and grow as professionals under the leadership of Brian“
The league’s future plans include a possible expansion of the G League with a specific training division for the best high school talents who decide not to go to the NCAA or the university system. If so, the blow to the NCAA could be tremendous.
Jalen GreenFor example, it was rated by the ESPN as the best player eligible by universities. In the G League he will collect more than a million dollars in commercial agreements and will be able to develop his game under the shelter of the NBA brand, which increasingly takes care of the product of its secondary league.