Brian Shaw was never as good as Kobe Bryant. He didn't command a presence on the court like Shaquille O'Neal. He wasn't even as crafty or clutch as Robert Horry. But Shaw was the glue that held the Los Angeles Lakers together in the early 2000s when they made four trips to the NBA Finals and won three. And after reading this heart-breaking tale of Shaw's summer of 1993, it's easy to see why the Lakers consider him to be the heir apparent to Phil Jackson. We suggest you grab a tissue, tough guy. [Read "Brian Shaw perseveres despite tragedy" on ESPN Los Angeles]

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