Posted on: May 20, 2011 5:05 pm
Posted by Royce Young
You want a darkhorse, surprise coaching candidate for the Lakers open position? Well here you go.
According to ESPN.com, former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is set to interview "soon" for the vacant Laker position. Brown would be the fourth name to pop up in the Laker coaching search along with former Rockets coach Rick Adleman, ex-Clipper coach Mike Dunleavy (seriously) and Laker assistant Brian Shaw.
Brown has been mentioned for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors jobs as well, reportedly being the leader for the Warrior position.
Of course this would be an interesting twist as Brown coached LeBron James in Cleveland, taking the Cavs to The Finals in 2007 and winning Coach of the Year in 2009. He was dismissed in 2010 after Cleveland's flameout loss to the Celtics in the second-round.
The dynamic of bringing in LeBron's old coach to take over Kobe's Lakers is pretty crazy. Brown was often criticized for his offensive scheme which mostly was LeBron doing stuff against five defenders. I can only picture Kobe losing his stuff over a couple stagnant, dumb offensive possessions in the fourth quarter.
Brown though was always pretty popular with his players and he's a good defensive coach. I'd guess his chances at the Laker job are low, but he's a guy that's worth an interview.
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:29 pm
The Houston Rockets interviewed Lawrence Frank for their coaching position for the second time and Brian Shaw is no longer a candidate. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Are the Houston Rockets moving towards naming their next head coach?
MyFoxHouston.com reports that the Rockets, who have been without a coach for a month now after parting ways with Rick Adelman, had a second interview with Lawrence Frank, one of three finalists, on Monday.
NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was in Houston Monday for a second round of interviews with Rockets officials as the team searches for a new head coach.Meanwhile, the Orange County Register reports that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is officially out of the running, confirming that the Rockets are interested only in previous head coaches.
That's why Shaw won't be going to the Houston Rockets, who were granted permission by the Lakers to pursue Shaw to be their head coach. Shaw has pulled out of that job search upon determining the Rockets preferred someone who has been a head coach. Shaw didn't want to stay in it if he wasn't likely to win it; he certainly doesn't need any more practice interviewing for top jobs.Frank makes a compelling base. Aside from having head coaching experience with the New Jersey Nets, he helped lead the Boston Celtics to the No. 2 defense in the NBA despite the departure of Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. If he was granted a second interview, though, the other finalists will likely be given the same treatment.
Casey's Mavericks begin the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 11:37 am
Posted by Royce Young
Lakers assistant Brian Shaw might be getting a head coaching position. Just not the one everyone expected.
Shaw has been granted permission to speak with the Warriors about their opening, according to the Los Angeles Times. Also given permission is another Laker assisatant Chuck Person.
The Warriors opening is a result of the team not extending coach Keith Smart after the season concluded.
Shaw has become a leading candidate to replace Phil Jackson as the Lakers new head coach, but that's no guarantee as the Lakers are interesting in exploring a number of options. Shaw has also been granted permission to interview with the Rockets as well.
Shaw, 45, interviewed for the Cavaliers job last season, but he turned it down and returned to the Lakers. Shaw is a former Laker, playing on championship teams in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was also an assistant for the team during the 2009 and 2010 title campaigns.
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 1:15 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Any time the greatest coach ever in a sport retires, finding a suitable replacement can be sort of difficult. Right now, there don't appear to be any serious lead as to who will replace Phil Jackson as the coach of the Lakers, but here's one guy that most definitely won't be: Byron Scott.
I guess fearing that Scott might take his talents to Hollwood, the Cavaliers will not allow Scott to talk with the Lakers, if it were requested by Laker general manager Mitch Kupchak, reports the Plain-Dealer.
Scott of course was a key part of the a few Laker teams in the 1980s and was always a fan favorite. He's had coaching successes in New Jersey and New Orleans, but endured quite a frustrating year in Cleveland this season. But that's not on Scott. That's on injuries and basically to put it bliuntly, a complete and brutal lack of talent.
Scott has three years left on his contract with the Cavaliers and doesn't have an opt-out clause written in, so he can't pull the plug and leave even if he wanted to. There's not necessarily any indication Scott was a serious candidate in the first place, but even if he was, he's not now.
On another front, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Laker assistant Brian Shaw, who is a favorite for the position, doesn't quite have a full endorsement from the team yet.
"A Lakers source also said that management and ownership are split on Shaw," the report says. "The Buss family, who owns the Lakers, has a reputation of keeping their coaching searches close to the vest."
The report also mentioned that one or maybe two members of the current coaching staff would get consideration, most likely meaning Shaw and assistant Jim Clemons.
The Lakers coaching search is an intriguing one because it's a storied franchise with a ready-made championship club in one of the league's brightest markets. Whoever gets that job better be ready for it. Maybe they should just like Kobe be a player-coach.
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 by 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.
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:07 pm
Phil Jackson discusses the future of the Lakers' head coaching situation.
Posted by Matt Moore
One way or another, next season will be one of considerable change for the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil Jackson is retiring, win or lose, and the organization will have to sort through the drastically different world under the next CBA for exactly where they want to go with their franchise and who will lead it. On Tuesday, Jackson spoke to reporters about the process of selecting a new head coach for the Lakers and what his role will be in that. For starters, he makes it clear that it's the gents upstairs that will have to make that decision once and for all:
Jackson said he expected to be consulted by the Lakers' front office for his opinion on who the next coach should be when the opportunity presents itself, but said the decision will ultimately be general manager Mitch Kupchak's and owner Dr. Jerry Buss' to make.via Phil Jackson: GM, owner will pick next Los Angeles Lakers coach - ESPN Los Angeles.
It's surprising that Brian Shaw, who was a candidate for the Cavaliers job this summer (talk about dodging a bullet) isn't the assumed heir to the chair, as it were, with Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. Shaw has long thought to be the guy going forward, but it does go to show how things could dramtically change for the Lakers in a new CBA. If their ability to keep all their high-priced-but-discounted-for-L.A.
stars is impacted, or if the core proves to be unable to sustain their success in the playoffs at their age, it's possible, though unlikely, that the Lakers could opt for a full-scale blow-up in preparation for the summer of 2012.
The most likely scenario, however, is a 12th coaching title for Jackson, who walks away on top, and the Lakers pushing forward under Brian Shaw, who has the respect of the veterans on the team and who would continue the use of Jackson's triangle. It may not be a seamless transition, but it's as close as they're going to get. You can bet that Jackson will have a signficant influence on the decision, however, not only as the former coach but as the partner of Buss' daughter. Jackson's fingerprints will be on the Lakers for years to come, which is in no way a bad thing.
Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 5:48 pm
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson says this will be his last season on the bench. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Judging by his public stances so far this season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has his foot out the door, heading for retirement after the season's conclusion.
Already this season, Jackson has questioned Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's future, speculated about why Pat Riley stepped in for former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, didn't get behind Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame candidacy, argued that the NBA shouldn't play on Christmas and said the NBA shouldn't have taken over ownership control of the New Orleans Hornets. What a list!
The Los Angeles Times reports that all those shots at the league and his colleagues come as Jackson eyes the end of his coaching career.
Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach. "No," Jackson responded quickly.
Why not? he was asked. "I think I've put in my service time," Jackson, 65, said. "I think I've done my due diligence that I set out to do, especially with this organization."Jackson previously left the bench for the 2004-2005 season, but returned to coach the Lakers to back-to-back titles the last two seasons. With 11 rings as a coach, and a surly attitude throughout this season, Jackson has every reason to call it a career and exit stage left.
The Times notes that long-time Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is expected to take over as head coach should Jackson depart after this season.
Posted on: June 29, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 9:18 pm
UPDATE 2: A person involved in the process told CBSSports.com's Ken Berger that Shaw and the Cavs have entered the negotiation phase, but that no deal has been reached.
UPDATE: Byron Scott's agent has issued a congratulatory email to Shaw and written to FanHouse concerning Scott's role in the search. This one appears to be a done deal, but has not been formally announced.
Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse is reporting that Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is finalizing a deal to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The report states that while a deal isn't finalized, talks have not advanced with the Cavs' other lead candidate, Byron Scott, who will now start sending Phil Jackson books on the perks of retirement. If the report is indeed true, it means a considerable shift in the Cavaliers' philosophy. Shaw has no head coaching experience and is more offensively minded. It's likely that if he were to take the position that the triangle offense may be installed, an offense which has not succeeded without Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant spearheading it, nor without Phil Jackson himself coaching it, in the last twenty years.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson is off in Montana recuperating from the season and deciding whether or not to return to pursue a 14th championship ring (his 12th as a head coach). There's no way to predict how this development could impact Jackson. On the one hand, he's losing his other key advisor after Kurt Rambis headed to Minnesota last year, and with Jackson refusing to travel were he to return, this would mean turning the keys of a championship team over to someone he may not trust as much. On the other, he may see this as his team needing another year with a steady hand at the wheel.
Either way, you know the question everyone's going to ask. What's LeBron think?
We'll keep you posted on this story throughout the day.