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Brian Shaw says it’s “mind boggling” way Lakers handled Phil Jackson

Nov 27, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw AP

Brian Shaw was Phil Jackson’s lead assistant and right hand Jackson’s final few years in the league. Which is why Shaw isn’t the coach of the Lakers today — while he was the first choice of Kobe Bryant and the other Lakers players, management wanted a clean break from the Jackson era and went another direction entirely.

Then less than two years later, they went another direction entirely again, this time with Mike D’Antoni.

But they didn’t make that second change until after an awkward flirtation with Jackson again. One that had Lakers’ fans, Jackson, pretty much everybody thinking it was Jackson until an abrupt midnight call. Jackson said he is good with it, not angry at all.

But Shaw — who was never seriously considered this time around — is not happy with how the Lakers dealt with Jackson, he told the Los Angeles Times.

“Under the circumstances, Phil Jackson, who’s been there and done that and put a lot of money in everybody’s pockets around here, the way it was done . . . it’s mind-boggling,” Shaw said Monday in an interview with The Times. “I was joking with him, at least you got a phone call, even though it was midnight.

“In 11 years he was coach here, he took the team to the Finals seven times and won five. I don’t know if any of the other 29 teams would have done him the way he was done [by the Lakers] after he had done so much for the organization and the city.”

I’m not going to beat the dead horse here — the Lakers ended this with a better coach than they went in with (D’Antoni is an upgrade over Brown with this roster) but a PR black eye. As with all things Lakers, the only thing that ultimately gets the fans to forget is winning. It all. Because fair or not, D’Antoni is now replacing the legend of Phil Jackson, who many fans are convinced would have won a ring.

No pressure, Mike.

  1. chargerdillon - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I really don’t understand why people think Phil would’ve made this team become the championship contender they barely are.

    They do not have a roster that’s going to blow out anybody on a regular basis. They have a limited roster that will keep every team that has a deeper bench than them still in the game.

    It’s as if no Laker fan wants to accept the fact Phil can only do SO much before you have to have the talent to do it.

    All of the Laker teams Phil won a chamionship with were all far deeper than this current roster.

    I have to keep asking the question, who really hired Mike Brown? That’s where the problems start. If it was Mitch, Mitch is a really bad GM, if Mitch’s hand was forced by Jim as I think myself and most people believe, the problem still remains with Jim. Jim isnt going anywhere, and neither is mediocrity.

    • badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      It’s LA, overrated, overpriced, and still thinks neon is a real color.For panties and unies

      • lakersrworthy - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        It’s one thing to be a HATER but it’s on a whole other level to be dumb….. LA as a city overrated? Personally I would rather stay where I am at (San Diego) but LA is not an overrated city…. It’s just not for everybody! Your just mad becasue the Lakers have made your team look very bad many times and now your angry at the 16x Champions… We as Lakers fans understand why your mad!

    • j0esixpack - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      That’s funny.

      I could have sworn Lakers fans spent the offseason chest thumping about trading for Howard without giving up Gasol, and that they also have some role players like Kobe, Jamison and Metta World Peace who were expected to be pretty good.

      Now apparently no one, not even Phil Jackson, stands a chance of winning with a bunch of second rate players like that.

      I must have been imagining all the pre-season hype.

      • jedifriedchicken - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Of course Laker fans were. Obtaining Howard and Nash, without giving up Gasol was fantastic. They now have four hall of famers on their team, all of who can still play at a high level. The last time they had that, it was considered a failure because they “only” went to the finals, in their first and only year together. Just about every team needs time to gel, including the potential super teams. I don’t understand how you can just dismiss the Lakers as an overrated team full of scrubs. They got talent, and those in the business have all agreed to this. They have a new system, a new coach, a lot of new players, and they’re still missing Nash. I think they’re only going to continue to improve, and by the playoff, they will be towards the top of their conference, if not the leader, with a good chance of making the finals, if not winning.

      • j0esixpack - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        Sarcasm doesn’t translate well to the written word – I was simply mocking those who suggest that no coach, not even Phil Jackson, has a chance of winning with that “weak” roster. Most Lakers fans were nearly ready to predict an undefeated season – now they are doing their best to suggest this is a weak roster.

    • lakersrworthy - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      I think Phil was asking for WAY TOO MUCH MONEY and he was way too many stipulations in his contract…. I think the Lakers went with ONE of the right coaches for the job. Shaw is just sticking behind his mentor like a good studen should.

  2. raidmagic - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Can we get past this please? Who cares what B Shaw thinks

    • shaner329 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      I think it’s very important for us to be aware of each person who thinks hiring D’Antoni over Jackson was a bad idea

  3. lakerluver - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Of course B. Shaw would say that, he would’ve been Phil’s heir apparent. Can we just let it go?

    • omniusprime - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      You’re just the little idiot buss boy’s apologist. You’re a sorry excuse for a Laker fan!

  4. paulhargis53 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    “B.Shaw” is saying what any sane fan thinks.
    I wouldn’t expect a homer such as yourself to understand rational thinking.

    You’re a doofus.

    • badintent - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Preach it brother ! Woodsen for Coach of the year ! Lin for the NBA best Citizen of the year. LBJ for MVP. and Rose for Comeback of the Year.Brian Shaw gets plum job in NBA management .
      Cav Coach Byran Scott gets best quote of the year on the Cavs,”AV is great and the rest suck ” Put that in stone on the Wailing Wall.Sucker MC

  5. totallyuselessme - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Shaw should be the Lakers’ coach. Should’ve still been for awhile.

    He’s who I would’ve gone with long ago, and he’s who I woulda gone with today too. He runs a system that works, that players know, but more importantly, a system that people believe in. He has no health issues, no problems with the roster, and he learned from one of the best of all time.

    Buss’ moves are baffling, and they’ve put D’Antoni in an incredibly difficult position. If they’d planned this out better and just installed D’Antoni from the start instead of tempting everybody with anticipation of Phil (which they HAD to see coming), it’d be a little easier, but.. as it is, D’Antoni’s going to have to win it all, because if he doesn’t, we’re all gonna say that Phil would’ve.

    Thing is, we have no reason to really believe otherwise. When Phil has high-caliber talent, Phil wins championships.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Karmas a bitch, jim buss!

  7. metalhead65 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    what phil is really pissed about is that the lakers beat him to the punch. he knew the lakers were not a championship caliber team as currently constructed, and we all know phil only coaches teams with the talent to win titles so he wanted the chance to say no them but they did not give him the chance.

  8. omniusprime - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I’m still shocked at how the little idiot buss boy treated Brian Shaw. Shaw would have been a great coach, only the king of the kingdom of idiots would have turned down Shaw as a coach who would continue the legacy of Phil Jackson. That king of idiots is none other than Jerky Boy Jimmie.

    Kurt you’re an idiot if you think Dumbtoni is any better than Clueless Clown Brown! There has been no real upgrade in the coaching position with Dumbtoni, witness yet another loss at home to a chump Pacers team. Dumbtoni’s ignorant idea is to give Kobe the ball too much. Dumbtoni is too ignorant to know how to get the most out of Pay Gasol or Dwight Howard. Phil Jackson would never have had that kind of intellectual problem.

    Fire Dumbtoni Now!!! Bring Back Phil!!! Fire that Little Idiot Buss Boy!!! Bring back Jeanie!!!

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