BRIAN Shaw said Kobe Paras, who is making a name for himself playing basketball in the US, is a budding star who has what it takes to possibly make it to the NBA.
Shaw told reporters during the opening day of NBA Fit Week on Wednesday he has heard a lot about the young Filipino baller and had seen videos of his games with LA Cathedral.
The former Los Angeles Lakers player and assistant coach is confident the young Paras could become part of the next wave of stars after being exposed to high school basketball in the US and, in the future, with University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where he has already committed to play.
“I know right now, there is a lot of buzz in LA that he is going to attend UCLA, Kobe Paras. Players like that have the opportunity to look at NBA stars and watch a lot of basketball. Maybe, he can be in that next wave of stars or that next star to come here that might break through and make it to the NBA,” he said.
Shaw is in the country to attend the NBA Fit Week where he will share his knowledge about the latest in coaching, nutrition, and fitness to Filipino coaches and athletes.
The former NBA coach, who won three championships with the Lakers as a player and two as assistant under coach Phil Jackson, is being joined by NBA players Aleck Burks of the Utah Jazz and Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Shaw said the son of cage great Benjie Paras has the potential to make it big in the US based on the videos he saw and his performance in training camps and games.
“I’ve seen videos of his AAU games and I’ve heard a lot about him. Obviously, there is a lot of buzz coming here about him. I know he has good size, about 6-5. He did well in some of the camps and games he played in. I’m looking forward to see him in UCLA,” said Shaw.