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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. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Oh boy… and so the plot thickens…

    Totally Hollywood.

    Totally. *insert socal twang here*

    C’mon Jax, sign them papers now.

  2. rjlink1 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    His name is Tex Winter.

  3. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    This is going to be BEAUTIFUL!! PJ and his staff is returning…refreshed and rejuvenated.

  4. readysethike - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    can stern veto this? isnt this tampering? how do u get a coach who is currently coaching another team if he hasnt been fired

    • cantonbound13 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Stern will veto anything that jeopardizes LeBron getting a ring. Ask Chris Paul.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Exactly, that’s why he vetoed the Dwight Howard trade, which (in theory) created a team with a massive side advantage over the Heat (which lacks quality big men).

        Wait – he didn’t veto the trade? And people (even with their recent struggles) still feel like the new-look Lakers have a good shot at beating the Heat in the Finals?

        Okay then.

        P.S. Stern also didn’t veto the trade that created the Boston Big-3, who repeatedly blocked LeBron’s path to the Finals in Cleveland.

        But by all means, keep demonstrating complete ignorance of recent NBA history. It’s funny.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        *size advantage

      • iamjimmyjack - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        Hey Eventhorizon04: Pau Gasol got traded for Marc Gasol and Kwame Brown…how did that trade end up? As a Laker fan, Id rather have Marc Gasol. You obviously pay no attention to the facts, and just post what other dumb people post on the internet. Pau Gasol was not a gift to the lakers as so many people like to say…nor was he traded for Kwame straight up.

    • ron05342 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Why not?

      Stern has already shown that he enjoys messing up the Laker plans, in any manner possible.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Except for the parts where he allowed the Pau Gasol trade a few years ago (that led to 2 championships) and the Dwight Howard trade this year, you’re right.

        David Stern has ALWAYS blocked the Lakers and done his very best to stop them from winning championships.

        *rolls eyes*

      • money2long - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        not that many people cared that pau went to the lakers initially. i think what people were more concerned with at that time was the fact kwame was a main component in the deal. many people were just considering pau as a mediocre big man who couldn’t carry his team that far. he played with kobe and that made him a star. now people complain about it after the fact. but at the time, no one got the feeling pau with kobe would roll through the league. like i said before, people were more upset that it was kwame who the lakers sent out. marc gasol turned out pretty well for memphis though.

      • badintent - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        you’re right, not many fans or bloggers here cared about Gasol at the time of the trade. That’s because they don’t understand Hoops ! Period. Oh yeah , Paul’s brother got game too.When my Knicks got Willis Reed, it was a no brainer to see he would lead them to the championship over the Evil Celtics.We traded Bells away and took Bill off the SG and put him on the wing were his brains and set shot was perfect.

  5. thraiderskin - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    That sounds like a deal Coach… I hope this happens(one of those guys might need to wait til next season though).

  6. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    To steal a quote from the late great Mr. Al Davis, “Just win, Baby”!! This is why I love my LAKERS. Whatever it takes to win another Larry O trophy, the LAKERS are willing to do!

  7. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Hey lakerslurper, you only had to serve 4 days for the pepper spray incident in Utah? Our justice system is way out of whack.

  8. sunsation3413 - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Hard to believe Jim Buss would be so desperate as to kiss Jacksons behind like this.

    • 1historian - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      no it isn’t

  9. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    You call it desperate, we call it WINNING!!
    @ph53, don’t think the coaching change nullifies the bet. Enjoy your last few months on this site. You’re a “dead man walking”, sir.

  10. iamjimmyjack - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    This is truly turning into a dream team…the rest of the nba is shaking in their boots at the thought of the Lakers. Miami’s “dynasty” ends now, before it ever really got started. I love it! We love you Phil!

  11. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I’m not worried cumbreath. Jackson is not going to make a difference.

    It’s nice you could join us again.(not really)

    How truly you it is that you disappear for days when things are going crappy, now with the possibility of Jackson coming back, you’re back posting 25 times a day.

    Flame away flamer. This is going to be a failure of epic proportions.

  12. gunner1970 - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Phil, please do not come back…enjoy your retirement! Kobe…shut the hell up!

  13. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    If indeed PJ goes on board… Laker haters will be the one pressing the panic button. LOL!

    Oh wait… did you hear that collective shouts of NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!????

    That’s them haters practicing. >,<

  14. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    I don’t have to comment EVERY day like some people do. Ain’t that right, “Deadman Walking”? Btw, what’s up with the C’s? Not looking too good for the boys in the puke green, huh? I see another decade, or two, of irrelevancy coming on. As we ALL know, elite free agents ain’t going to Bah-ston. KG ain’t walking through that door again anytime soon, sir.

  15. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    You’re pathetic. Your excuse is so transparent. You weren’t posting, because the Lakers were doing crappy, you know you would have been crucified had you posted. Now, supposedly all is right with the laker world, you’re back and as annoying as ever.

    The Celtics usually start slow. We don’t panic after 5 games. Players will always want to play for Doc. God you’re ignorant.

    I’m a dead man walking huh? You’re a dumb man posting.

    Everyday, you prove your ignorance. Everyday you get bitchslapped by me or someone else. Yet you keep coming back. I guess you don’t care that you are a laughingstock.
    You’re clownshoes dude.

  16. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Doc won’t be there more than two more years. After Pierce and KG retire he will follow them….As for the LAKERS, they’re still doing bad, so what you said makes no sense (what else is new?!). I keep telling you, the LAKERS won’t hit their stride until spring…the C’s always start off slow? They have won exactly ONE title in the last 20 plus years, I would say they also FINISH slow!!….Phil won’t make a difference? That’s a joke….You’re a deadman walking, sir.

  17. irishfan109 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Why don’t you two just kiss already? I love it when two chicks make out.

    – Barney Stinson

  18. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Nah, no one will want to play with Rondo, he’s horrible. How do you make it through a day being that ignorant?

    You are a grown man swallowing.

    Leave it to you to quote a 16 year old movie, yech.

  19. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    According to you, I’m a “laughingstock”. If that is the case, why would I care? Why would I care about what a few nameless, faceless dweebs on an online site think about me?

  20. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    No elite player wants to play in Boston, sir. Before KG & Ray went there, who was the last “elite” free agent they signed? Oh, I know, Bill Walton…..I’m done, DMW, you’re boring me.

  21. jimbo75025 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I am sure that the waiters/waitreses in the greater LA area are thrilled that Scottie “no tippen’ ” Pippen could be coming to town………

  22. uscthom78 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Looks like they will pay him north of 40 mill per year, otherwise why would Phyllis want to deal with a bunch of bipolar crazies like Kobe meball, Pauline, Ron I attack fans artest, Dwight “robin” coward, Steve verbally attack fans blake…..etc.

  23. nomorsacbball - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    they’d be better off having Shaw and Pippen come off the bench as players. coaching change isn’t going to make a difference

  24. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Irish, don’t give him any ideas. He’s already asked to lick my cinnamon swirl.

    laker, how long you done for this time?
    You know you can’t ignore me. You’ve proven that over and over. You’re not done because you’re bored, you’re done because your argument is weak and inane. Get lost Clownshoes.

  25. BigBeachBall - Nov 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    shaw doesn’t have an intimidating side to him… no authoritative presence… here’s a list of good coaches who do have it:
    1. zen master
    2. doc
    3. pop
    4. riley
    4. spolestra (barely on this list)

    • elComandanteenJefe - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      I think Riley is top of the list and a close second is Pop and Phil; with respect to being an “intimidating authoritative presence”. This is simply based on the stories told by the players (i.e. Jordan, Magic, Robinson, Shaq, Duncan, Wade). This is in no way an argument as to who may be a better coach based on championships won. What Phil Jackson has done, unlike the others on your list, is taken a team that is already built and said “now I will coach and we will win”; which has proven to be very smart moves on his part and he is doing that once again at this moment. On the other hand, I do not think that Phil is able to or capable of dealing with rebuilding process, something that Riley and Pop have done numerous times.

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