This is all happening in layers. Sunday will not be the first time Brian Shaw returns to Los Angeles where he played and coached and was part of NBA title teams.
No he has been back a couple of times with the Indiana Pacers.
"And won both times there" he said with a laugh.
But those were as an assistant coach.
This time? This time he's in the driver's seat as the Nuggets' head coach. The schedule makers must have snickered while making his first two games a pair of exhibition games against the Lakers. The final and most important layer returning as head coach in the regular season on Jan. 5.
Had things turned out differently two years ago the Nuggets could be traveling to face Shaw and the Lakers rather than coming to town with him. But not even job endorsements from Phil Jackson Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson could land him the Lakers' job.
The plan apparently was L.A.-to-Indiana-to-Denver and his first NBA head coaching job.
"Regardless of how it ended I don't have any regret...