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Report: Brian Shaw wants to coach the Clippers

Jun 3, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

Brian Shaw

It seems four teams with winning record this season will hire new coaches: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Hawks already hired Mike Budenholzer, a Spurs assistant whom several other teams pursued. With their rosters, the Nets, Grizzlies and Clippers teams will also have significant leverage to lure the prime coaching candidates available.

Nate McMillan has a nice track record in Seattle and Portland, and he seems ready to return to the sideline. Lionel Hollins will be in demand everywhere but Memphis. George Karl might even be on the move.

Brian Shaw, arguably the assistant whose stock is highest right now, also wants to be in that mix of the top coaches who get the top jobs. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Shaw is holding out for the Clippers’ job.

Shaw turned down the Bobcats last summer, so we know he isn’t – or at least wasn’t – desperate to take just any head-coaching job. If the Clippers don’t hire him, would he settle for the Pistons or the 76ers, the two other teams with openings? Or would he just return to the Pacers as an assistant?

Shaw might not view the situation as Clippers or bust, but other teams won’t necessarily wait for him if he puts all his eggs in that basket.

  1. money2long - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    i’m hoping he doesn’t go public and make this statement. i guess saying it through back channels isn’t as bad. the thinking here is that if the clippers do NOT hire you and take on someone else, you’ll still be looking for another owner to give you a head gig (no homo ? jk). and a team (other than the clippers) who is thinking about hiring you will know your heart wasn’t really with that team, until you couldn’t get what you REALLY wanted. the fans will just know the job you took was just second best. just look at how some fans of the now pelicans held some disdain after eric gordon publicly said his heart was in phoenix.

  2. jimsjam33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Hire Byron Scott and get to work !

    • pdub923 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Chris Paul, the “GM” of the Clippers, and Scott already tried to work together in New Orleans. Didn’t work out so well for Scott…

  3. stayhigh_247 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    imagine the Clips playing d like the Pacers, they could be a problem for the west. I’m sure B Shaw still has a home in L.A., plus he would get to coach CP3. Odom and Turiaf already know the triangle so that helps with the learning curve, this is a no brainer for all involved. Dr.Naismith and Coach Wooden couldn’t get the Nets out of the east with that roster, so going to Brooklyn would just be painful.

  4. erckle31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Noooo don’t do it! The Clippers don’t deserve you. I would love to see him go to another up and coming team with some talent like Detroit. The 76ers on the other hand ehhhh, not too sure about that. Hell, fire Ty Corbin and have Shaw take over in Utah.

  5. patfic15 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Good to see 4 GMs kept their positions despite making shotty personnel moves over the last few years. Not one of these teams will sniff a trophy….

  6. magicbucs - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    He’s following in Phil Jackson’s steps in only wanting to coach teams with stars so he can have a great win loss record and get more rings.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Ignoring the star studded team Phil took over in 2005 with Smush Parker and Chris Mihm, the logic of this statement makes very little sense.

      Would you rather take a crap job offer, or a good one?

  7. starvingardens - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Why don’t they just go after the Zen master himself instead of getting his assistant. Can you imagine how much Phil would stick it to the Lakers for hiring D’Antoni when he was giving serious consideration to rejoin the organization? I bet he’s still pissed about how that whole thing went down.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      The Clippers have said they are not going to hire the soon to be husband of the lead owner of the cross-town rivals. Plus, Phil would never do it.

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