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Report: Brian Shaw leading candidate to become Magic coach

Jun 7, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

Brian Shaw

No, this does not mean Phil Jackson is coming as some kind of magical consultant to solve all the Magic’s problems.

It simply means Brian Shaw is a coach whose time has come — he is the frontrunner to land the Orlando Magic job, reports the Orlando Sentinel as part of an entire article ripping the Jackson idea.

Shaw, by all accounts, is already the leading candidate for the Magic coaching job.

First off, the article is right — the Jackson idea is terrible. Being a good coach and being a good evaluator of talent are different things, as many coaches turned GMs have proven in ugly fashion. Scottie Pippen as assistant coach because… why? This just sounds like Sam Vincent trying to work a deal, and when it clearly was falling short it got leaked to see if there could be public support generated to push it. That’s it.

Shaw, however, deserves a chance. He was Jackson’s lead assistant and the guy Kobe Bryant and the other Lakers players wanted to get the job in L.A. (He didn’t because of a purging of all things Jackson from the organization, save the banners he brought them.) Shaw has been the right hand man of Frank Vogel in Indiana this season, a team that exceeded expectations. He’s a former player who paid his dues. He deserves a shot.

What this report may really do is spur the Bobcats or other teams that have Shaw high on their list to act fast.

  1. blueintown - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Another hilarious headline brought to you by Kurt Helin.

  2. thesixersbench - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Yo Ralph Wiggum, you been drinkin’?

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM


      leaded candidate. how does this guy have his own NBC sports blog. hilarious.

  3. joshm5683 - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I could see it. In theory Shaw would bring some form of the triangle with him, he could try to sell D12 on how the triangle revolves around having a good low post presence and how many touches he’ll get. He’s respected by players everywhere it seems. Also, it really boils down to who really is out there for the Magic as a big name coach? The biggest names would always be the Van Gundy brothers but don’t see that happening anytime in the next 4 lifetimes. Nate McMillan possibly, but haven’t even heard him interviewing here. I’d say having Shaw as your leading candidate is a good choice

  4. raidmagic - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Shaw is the only answer aside from Micheal Malone and I’d rather see Shaw there.

  5. lakerluver - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    He should already be a head coach, for the LAKERS!!

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Shaw should be coach of the Lakers right now. SMH.

  7. BigBeachBall - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Lakers should have brought in Kevin Mchale and just put a brown paper bag over his head with a picture of phil jackson on the front…. problem solved.

  8. ch8878 - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    No one seems to mention the fact that Shaw played for the Magic on any of these articles he is better then any other coach out there this needs to be done.

  9. knightrider1755 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Good choice for the Bobcats but I think Brian can do better.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Too many problems in Orlando right now.

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