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Report: Brian Shaw to be head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for shaw_coach.jpgIn an interesting move that could be brilliant or backfire horribly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as their head coach.

The reports are conflicting. Shaw is the man and a deal is being finalized according to a report from Sam Amick at FanHouse. However, the well-connected Brian Windhorst says that no formal offer has been made and that the two sides are “not close.” Windhorst does say that Shaw is the clear frontrunner.

Usually how these things go is that the two sides unofficially negotiate a deal then later a formal offer is extended. You can decide for yourself where on that scale the talks are.

Shaw has been on the Lakers bench for the past five years and has been the lead assistant to Phil Jackson this year after  Kurt Rambis left for Minnesota. Shaw would have been a lead candidate for the Lakers job if Phil Jackson decides to leave. Shaw was among those who during the playoffs said he does not expect Jackson to leave.

If Jackson does leave, former Laker Byron Scott — who Shaw beat out for the Cleveland job — would now be the leading candidate. Nobody would be shocked if Scott is calling Jackson right now to talk about how much those long February road trips to Toronto and Detroit suck. “You’re too old for that, Phil.”

Bringing in Shaw and the triangle offense is a gamble by the Cavaliers in the LeBron sweepstakes. It is possible that LeBron is intrigued by the offense that won Kobe and MJ 11 titles between them. It requires a balance and passing that LeBron would fit into well.

But Shaw has never been a head coach — does LeBron want that risk? (Same is true of Tom Thibodeau in Chicago.) And to build a team that will win with the triangle means shaking up of the Cavaliers roster to get the right role players that could take a few years. Shaw may not mean instant titles.

It’s a gamble, but right now the Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert may feel they need to gamble.

  1. tidho - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    …or maybe its not that big a gamble because he’s a good coach that will bring in a proven system – with or without LeBron. The Lakers were rumorred to be considering him for their job should it open up and that’s a good enough reason for any team to grab the guy if they can.
    Its hilarious to see the media portray Gilbert as ‘desperate’ when he’s anything but that. LeBron will make up his own mind, and it may in fact suck for Gilbert, but there isn’t a lot he can do about it – there’s no reason for desperation, nor evidence of it.

  2. banner18 - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Best possible hire for the Cavs. Byron Scott has experience, but the players tuned him out in both New Jersey and New Orleans. The Triangle has only been responsible for 11 of the past 20 championships. If LeBron wants championships, he surely has to realize that the Triangle may be just what he needs.
    I firmly believe LeBron stays put. Chicago, contrary to what you have been told, is a dysfunctional organization. But don’t take my word for it, ask Vinny Del Negro. Ask Scott Skiles.
    That Chicago is in the position they are right now is pure luck. They lucked into getting Derrick Rose two years ago. Nobody can convince me that the Bulls are closer to a title than the Cavs are. If you have the league’s best record two years running, you are close to winning it all.
    Lots of people will have egg on their faces when LeBron re-signs with the Cavs next week.

  3. bballerjohn - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    As a very long laker fan 50+yrs i think this would be a great hire. but then what do i know? its’ only in my soul.I love basketball and good comp .they would be getting a honest,tell like it is coach.not about child play but one time who cares about manning up type coach. child play would be over and series basketball would be played, all the time. or your gone.

  4. Omnius - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    The Cadavers were reported to be hiring Coach Izzo from Michigan State and look how that rumor bombed out. If Brain Shaw is shopping around for a head coaching job now then it seems rather certain that Phil Jackson will be coming back next year to the Lakers for another ThreePeat. Brian, heck anyone, would be crazy to commit to the Cadavers before knowing what Leboring James, the King of Choke, is going to do. What a laugh Leboring James wouldn’t fit into the triangle offense because he’s just a self serving ballhog more interested in padding his individual stats than in winning a championship through proper teamwork. Even if Phil comes back for another year Brian Shaw would be smart to stay with the Lakers and wait for the best coaching job in the NBA.

  5. GiantWarrior - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    No offense to Shaw, Scott or any new coach, but they are not Riley or Jackson. If LeBron really wants a championship, there is only 1 team that has almost everything needed to create a championship team. The Miami Heat – Wade, Riley, Owner/FOManagement, key players, trade chips, and almost enough money for LeBron and Bosh to join. LA is the other option but that is Kobe’s team. It would be interesting to see if LA can get Amare or Boozer to add to or replace Bynum or Odom…most likely Odom. But Chicago and Cleveland have other issues aside from a championship winning coach.
    I will be amazed if LeBron chose Chicago (shadow of MJ), Cleveland (no way they win a championship with that roster), or even NY or NJ. Miami has it all and that would be the best route for LeBron and Bosh to get a championship next year.

  6. KH - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    If Labron, Bosh and Wade play together they still won’t win because it takes a TEAM! I hate the LAkers but they are a TEAM. If the mercenarys play together I hope they fall flat, another reason to hate the NBA, Bring back the days of Bird, Magic, MJ, Stockton and Malone Please!!!!!!

  7. gary - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Didn’t the Lakers try the all superstar team once.
    Kobe, Shaq, Gary Payton, Karl Malone.. only to lose to the Pistons,

  8. Paul - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Yeah so if Wade, Bosh and Lebron play on the same team, they wont will. And Kobe will have his sixth championship with the Lakers.

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