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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.
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Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Shaw was a veteran player on the Lakers 3peat team and has been an assisant coach ever since. That's 1999-2011. He definiatly would be a good candidate as coach. However, the Lakers should still look around to see what options they have.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

The Lakers are a veteran team, so they going to get a rookie coach? Seems to me that's illogical. Nothing against Brian, but who the heck is he? What has he done to deserve the gig? Has he put in a decade as an assistant? Has he done anything special like Tex Winter?
Did you not read the artice?  6 years as Phil Jackson's assistant after 1/2 year with Hamblen.  While 6 years is not a decade (1) I don't remember 10 years as an assistant being a prerequisite to being a head coach and (2) it is 6 years as an assistant to the current coach, learning the triangle (which also includes time working with Tex Winter) -- what would be illogical is the Lakers hiring a coach with no experience with the triangle offense that Kobe, Pau, Odom and the gang run so well and has brought 5 championships to LA with a chance for a 6th.  Shaw is, in my opinion, the obvious choice as Phil Jackson's successor.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Kobe’s endorsement will probably carry a lot of weight. The Lakers are not in the habit of hiring untested coached. This has been a trait of Jerry Buss since he has been the owner. The only exception I think is he hired Magic Johnson that did not last very long. He might have also hired Randy and Rambis.

I would not be disappointed with the hiring or Brian Shaw as the successor to Phil Jackson.

I think a better choice would be Byron Scott, currently of Cleveland. With the right team he would make an excellent coach. He was the head coach when the Nets advanced to the NBA championship game back to back, one was against the Lakers.

He has ties to the Lakers, Jerry Buss like him. Immediately after being fired by the Hornets Jerry had him attend the Laker games in his private box.

Scott has indicted that his dream coaching job would be that with the Lakers and Cleveland would be a memory if he was offered the head coaching position.

I would be pleased with please with either, my preference is Byron Scott. I  wonder how Kobe would feel about Scott being the head coach.
 


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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Then again, Kobe may also have the Buss ownership bent over a barrel: he helped get Del Harris and Kurt Rambis fired.


What exactly did Del Harris and Rambis do to actually deserve to stay as Lakers coach? In La-La land, the Lakers are about championships, not playoff berths. Oh, BTW the guy they hired to replace those guys, Phil Jackson, wasn't a bad choice.  So, yeah, I'd say Kobe did a nice job getting rid of a couple of nice guys to get a championship coach. I think you disproved whatever you were trying to prove.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Seriously Isiah? Great player, bad coach and executive.
And a total d-bag. There is no way Buss would sign off on that piece of human garbage.

Imagine if Larry Brown came back for one more year with LA? I mean he coached UCLA and almost won a national title. The Lakers would be a soap opera, but it's LA, isn't it? Brown would love Kobe, hate Kobe, love Kobe. He also can really coach defense. It isn't happening, but it would be really, really entertaining.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Brian Shaw will ensure no 4-peat. The West will jump up-and-down when Phil leaves. Say what you want about him, but the guy has 13 rings and 11 as a coach. He's one of the all-time greats. Imagine a possible 4th repeat? No one even has one since the old Celtics.

The Lakers are a veteran team, so they going to get a rookie coach? Seems to me that's illogical. Nothing against Brian, but who the heck is he? What has he done to deserve the gig? Has he put in a decade as an assistant? Has he done anything special like Tex Winter? I remember him as a heady player, but honestly. Seems to me Kobe wants him, so he can coach.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Ummm, season aint over yet.  Why is this a story.  Pretty effing premature if you ask me.  Even if you don't ask me for that matter.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Maybe Sloan resigning was a sign..?



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

Hey Boomer  the word "RETARDED" is prejudicial, shows lack of education and is just plain damn hurtful. If youy would like your sports opinions taken seriously on a site for serious sports fans, think intelligently before keyboarding Thanks Boomer




Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Report: Bryant wants Shaw to replace Jackson

some of you people are really retarded. i hope you know that


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