Brian Shaw Lakers Next Coach?

9 Apr

Phil Jackson with former player and possible replacement Brian Shaw. (NBAE/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With Phil Jackson expected to retire after this season, Kobe Bryant(notes) already knows who he wants to replace the Los Angeles Lakers’ Hall of Fame coach: Brian Shaw.

Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Friday that he and his teammates will endorse the longtime Lakers assistant as Jackson’s replacement. Shaw is in his sixth full season on Jackson’s coaching staff after serving as an assistant to Frank Hamblen during the second half of the 2004-05 season.

“I feel all of the players believe in coach B-Shaw,” Bryant said the Lakers’ Friday morning shootaround. “We have such a rapport with him. He’s been with us for such a long time. We all have a bit of a
bias towards him.

“I don’t want to get in the way of management. But we’ve all kind of had our eye on him for a while.”

Shaw won three NBA championships as a player with the Lakers and was a teammate of Bryant’s from 1999-2003 before retiring. The Oakland, Calif., native interviewed for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coaching job last offseason, but withdrew his candidacy before Byron Scott was hired. Prior to his assistant coaching duties, Shaw spent two seasons as a scout with the Lakers. The 14-year NBA veteran has never been an NBA head coach.

Shaw’s coaching contract with the Lakers has always been season-by-season and his current one-year deal runs through June 30. Jackson reiterated this week that he intends to retire after the season.
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  1. Who could coach the Lakers? « RUN JUMP PASS - May 25, 2011

    […] looming, Brown was ousted. Outside of the recent headlines the first name that comes to mind is Brian Shaw, Lakers assistant coach. He has been with Phil for sixth full season. He is a former NBA player and […]

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