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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
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.

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:53 pm

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

I like it! Everyone knows the offense so Shaw wouldnt have many issues. He just would have some big shoes to fill especially if Phil wins another title!

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:28 pm

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

I've seen one of your posts Mister C. you are a Kobe hater from the sounds of it so your opionion = bias and should not count

go post elsewhere

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:53 pm

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

The only reason Bryant wants Shaw as coach is because he knows Shaw will focus everythings on the selfish Kobe Bryant. 

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:19 pm

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Shaw would be an ideal replacement.  The Lakers wouldn't skip a beat with him coaching.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:15 pm

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

As long as they keep Tex Winter employed...

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:14 pm

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Really, Was that last crack necessary? Are we back to the Kobe ran Shaq out of LA nonsense again? Grow up?

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