CHICAGO – When Brian Shaw turned right out of the elevators Monday morning, he walked past racks of Joseph Abboud suits, with a tailor on duty to take custom measurements, next to a table covered in swatches of the clothier’s finest material. Over to the left, a display of Allen Edmonds shoes was set up, with a vast array of leathers, colors, soles and styles.
Welcome to the NBA head coaching ranks, Mr. Shaw. Suit and shoe stations are part of the drill each autumn at the annual Windy City meeting arranged by the National Basketball Coaches Association. And with nine men entirely new to the ranks of 30 for 2013-14, there were more customers than usual looking to upgrade from “assistant coaches’ budgets to head coaches’ budgets,” as Shaw said.
“My players over the last couple of years have clowned me a little bit about the…
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