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Brian Shaw tees off on the Lakers over how his non-hiring went down

Jul 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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Brian Shaw has a reason to gripe. He waited and waited for the chance to become the Lakers’ head coach after Phil Jackson retired. He sat through two near-retirements from Jackson. He coached the team when health problems prevented the Zen Master from being able to. He got to know the players, earned their respect and support. He got along with management, didn’t make a fuss. Oh, yeah, and he helped them win championships. So getting passed over for the job after it was considered to be a lock as his, that understandably upset him. And he’s let it be known.

Shaw went on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles Friday and talked about how the interview process went down. Shaw found out about not getting the job from ESPN, not the Lakers. Ouch. He didn’t talk to anyone from the Lakers organization until three weeks later. Ouch.

Then Shaw revealed what’s been widely reported. Without saying it explicitly or naming names, Shaw talked about how Jim Buss has taken control of the franchise, saying how the “power(s) that were making decisions, felt team needed a change of culture, new voice, head in new direction.”

Shaw naturally felt a little edgy at that considering, you know, 12 years, 7 Finals, 5 rings with him on board. He all but said “Jim Buss came in and threw his weight around, tossed out everyone associated with Phil and it wasn’t Mitch Kupchak or Jerry Buss’s fault. Shaw said that Jerry Buss called him to talk to him. No such call from Jim Buss.

The future of the Lakers will always be bright. They have the most money, the best market, the most success, it’s cool to play for the Lakers. But the way this new regime has started has to make Lakers fans jittery to a certain degree. This is not how things should be done, even if the decision was sound.


  1. goforthanddie - Jul 16, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Whether he deserved the job or not, he did deserve better treatment.

  2. truwarier90 - Jul 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    the lakers needed a proven vet coach, not some guy who just screams and poses as a “defensive guru”, go back to the 1980s uniforms, bring back the lake show fastbreak offense, and develop a young pg to be the pg of the future.

  3. seanb20124 - Jul 16, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Entitlement anyone ??

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Wow. So that’s how it went down, huh. I didn’t want Shaw to get the gig only because I feel if it wasn’t Phil running the triangle, then they shouldn’t run it at all because it was apparent during last season, especially during the playoffs, that they needed to switch it up and do something else to peak their interest and renew them, but that is just straight shitty. Matt is right on, Jim Buss does make me nervous, what with the way he’s been handling things. Plus the Buss’ are a close family, how hard would it be for Jerry to fire his son for not handling the family buisness correctly? He’s who us Laker faithful are going to have to learn to live with for a long, long, loooooong time. Hopefully for the best.

  5. blackngold4life - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:14 AM


  6. muhangis - Jul 17, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    I’m sorry, but as a Laker’s fan, Shaw was not entitled to the job. He felt he was, but he was not a lock. He thought he automatically deserved the job, again he did not. Being a Laker’s head coach is not an entitlement to anyone.

  7. cosanostra71 - Jul 17, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    I’m not a big Jim Buss fan. Bynum is a very good player, but Jim’s acted like he’s the next Wilt. Bynum shouldn’t be considered untouchable like Jim Buss does. He’s trying too hard to leave his mark on the Lakers and be known. Look at the most successful owners in the NBA- guys like his dad, Peter Holt, the Grousbecks… they do not interfere, they take a back seat and let the basketball people do their jobs. Granted, there are visible owners that have success like Mark Cuban, but Cuban just won his first championship and he’s owned them for over 10 years…

  8. tashkalucy - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    The Cavs offered him a head coaching position, he turned it down.

    The NBA is all abut whining.

  9. ocgunslinger - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    I like Brian Shaw. A team player with a sharp basketball mind. He will catch on someplace and eventually get a head coaching job.

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