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Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 6:57 pm
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Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant has endorsed Lakers coach Brian Shaw as his choice to replace Phil Jackson once he retires. Posted bykobe-shaw Ben Golliver.

All season long we've covered the possibility of Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson's retirement, and as the regular season ticks down Jackson has become more and more serious about that possibility becoming reality. In a group interview with the Los Angeles media on Thursday, Jackson pointed to the lockout as a major influencer of his decision to call it quits after this season.

Of course, that begs the question: Who will replace the Zenmaster?

Lakers assistant coach and former longtime player Brian Shaw has long been considered the most likely candidate, and Yahoo! Sports reports on Friday that Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant has issued a strong public endorsement for 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.”
Given the Lakers' back-to-back titles, with the possibility for a three-peat, and the career arcs of their core, continuity is most important in selecting Jackson's replacement. As Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest are all locked in for the foreseeable future, the ideal replacement for Jackson is someone who knows those players' strengths, weaknesses and personalities. Logically, that would give any internal candidate -- including Shaw -- a big leg up. 

Still, Shaw has never been a full time NBA head coach and that's the big trade off here. Los Angeles faces a glare unlike any other NBA market and the pressure to succeed, plus expectations, are going to be sky-high as long as Bryant is in a Lakers uniform. Shaw would be jumping straight into the deep end.

Bryant's endorsement is telling though. If there were serious doubts about Shaw's ability to steer the ship, Bryant wouldn't be this public and effusive in his praise. And as Shaquille O'Neal can attest, Bryant's words carry a lot of weight in L.A.
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Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

just shut up, your are so stupid and jealous ,phil is going to retire, KB wants him to stay, he liked shaw , wow,that is really a dumb ass post



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 6:49 am
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Your assessment seems based on the assumption that Shaw will not make a good coach, you might be wrong.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:03 am
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

The Isiah choice was a joke.  I would have like to see the dynamic among KB and 'Zeke.  The thing is the Lakers should consider others out there w/o the Mamba's blessing.  KB got Rudy T to fire himself... uh I mean Rudy retired on his own due to health.  Phil got his start as a coach in the CBA with the Albany Patroons and then as an assistant with the Doug Collins Chicago Bulls.  SO PJ paid his  dues and became an excellent coach by experience.  Previous PJ proteges have failed miserably: Bill Cartwright, Jim Cleamons, Jimmy Rodgers etc.  but those folks didn't have Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Then again, Kobe may also have the Buss ownership bent over a barrel: he helped get Del Harris and Kurt Rambis fired.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Seriously Isiah? Great player, bad coach and executive.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

I don't see it. After all, this is Hollywood, the home of Showtime. Lakeshow is about making a splash and getting the big names to LA. I think they'll go after a big name coach. This isn't Indiana or Charlotte where they're into grooming new coaches. Mediocrity is not good enough.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Crunchtime:  The only way he will drive the Lakers into the dirt is if he trades our key big man in the post.  Sound familiar?



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Of course the Mamba does.  Does he really think that Kurt Rambis and Byron Scott are going to leave their cushy jobs to return home the Lakers?  I think the LAL shouldat least take a look at Mychal Thompson or Isiah Thomas.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Well that explains it. Kobe is jealous of Phil and trying to drive him out like he did with Shaq. Pathetic! And for the record, I have disliked Shaw for a very long time and hope he drives the Lakers into the dirt.


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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:03 pm
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Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Hmm. Well you sure are baise aren' you?


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