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Report: Phil Jackson wants Scottie Pippen, Brian Shaw on staff if he returns to coach Lakers

Nov 11, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw AP

There’s been no substantive update since Phil Jackson and the Lakers met on Saturday to discuss the team’s vacant head coaching spot.  But as Jackson mulls over the job that is reportedly his if he wants it, a picture of who he might want to add to his staff if he does return to the bench is starting to come into focus.

The names that have been tossed around thus far are Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons, and Frank Hamblen, all of whom had worked with Jackson in previous seasons in Los Angeles. But a couple of other names have surfaced — both of whom played for Jackson in the past, and one of which might be a bit of a surprise.

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Jackson actually could be in place by Monday, according to league sources, with the Lakers trying to find a way to have Brian Shaw freed up from his coaching duties with the Indiana Pacers so that he can rejoin Jackson in L.A. The former Laker player and assistant coach, long talked about as a potential head coach with the team, is the Pacers’ assistant head coach. To get him out of Indiana, the Lakers will probably need to send the Pacers some sort of compensation.

Jackson is looking at adding Scottie Pippen, his former Chicago Bulls star, to his staff, sources said.

The Brian Shaw part makes sense, because in the first ESPNLosAngeles report about Jackson being at the top of the Lakers list, there was a tidbit in there about him wanting to bring in a young coach to mentor and eventually hand the team off to as a way to “pay forward” the opportunity he was given early in his career by the architect of the Triangle offense, Tex Winters.

Shaw, as was mentioned, is currently employed as an assistant head coach with the Indiana Pacers, and a little cash might not be enough for them to release him now that the season has already started. Then again, if he’s essentially promised the throne after Jackson retires for the final time if he comes on as an assistant, it would be tough for Indiana to force him to stay as long as the team is compensated for that loss.

As for Scottie Pippen, we knew he had aspirations of becoming an NBA head coach. There’s no better way for him to achieve that goal than by training for it as a member of Jackson’s staff.

  1. oldskool0037 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    The first of Pat Riley’s championships was with the Los Angeles Lakers and they were pre-built with individuals that would become Hall of Famers (Magic, Kareem, etc). He went on to coach those guys to all but one of his head coaching championships. He had great teams in New York and Miami but didn’t win until 2005 when Miami teamed Shaq with Wade.

    Phil Jackson took over a Chicago Bulls team that had young unproven but very talented individuals (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, etc.) and coached them into winning championships as a team. Similarly when the Lakers let go of Shaq in 2005, Jackson had to rebuild his team with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol who (who by all accounts was soft) and won championships with them.

    I think that people forget that Kobe and Michael never won championships without Phil. Also, it doesn’t seem so easy to win championships even if you have a pre-built team ask Mike Brown, Dell Harris and Paul Westhead.

  2. honkerdawg - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Just another example of the inmates running the asylum. Why are there owners when the players and ex coaches run the team. No wonder the NBA sucks!

  3. ksctychiefs - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    as i remember,didn’t his kobeness buy the bus ticket for PJ to leave LA 2 years ago?…….just sayin’…….

    • uscthom78 - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Yup true story….he ran him out of town in hopes of getting Coach K….also Coach K wants nothing to do with this joker.

    • ksctychiefs - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      looks like a lot of lakers fans in denial here……

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