Brian Shaw, the sturdy guard who had a hand in each of the Lakers' last three NBA championships, will announce his retirement as a player today. He will remain with the organization in other capacities.
The Lakers had offered him a place on their training-camp roster. Shaw, who turned 37 in March, near the end of his 14th NBA season, declined after consideration, and instead will serve the franchise in scouting, development coaching and consulting.
He played four seasons for the Lakers, earning a reputation for selflessness, leadership and perspective in a locker room that often required a veteran's touch. Shaw averaged only four points in 284 games as a Laker, but his banked three-pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers late in the third quarter of Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference finals was among the memorable plays of that remarkable comeback, igniting the organization's run of championships.
Shaw also developed an on-court relationship with Shaquille O'Neal, frequently drawing O'Neal's praise as a passer.
Like Ron Harper before him, Shaw became a heady, reliable guard in Coach Phil Jackson's triangle offense. While higher profile teammates sometimes bickered over having the ball and scoring opportunities, Shaw often filled his line of the box score with assists, steals and blocks.