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Report: Clippers ask to speak to Hollins; Shaw considered frontrunner

Jun 5, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

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I mentioned this the other day in a post, but it is really hard to handicap the Clippers coaching search because owner Donald Sterling becomes personally involved and the search can be as much about how you schmooze as it is Xs and Os.

Still, management gets to make a list and recommendations, and they apparently want Lionel Hollins — who owner Donald Sterling went to see coach in person for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals (Sterling wasn’t at all of the Clippers playoff games).

But Brian Shaw may be the frontrunner among management, tweets Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

What Shaw brings to the table is he can sell he’s been around winning — drafted by Larry Bird’s Celtics, three rings as a player with the Kobe/Shaq Lakers, was the lead assistant to Phil Jackson, and he was with Indiana on their run this season. He’s also personable, an advantage when it comes to dealing with Sterling.

Hollins is undoubtedly a good coach and a hot name. He would bring some old-school defensive discipline to the Clippers. But how does he do hanging out in a restaurant in Beverly Hills with Sterling?

Scott would be good with that, the former Showtime Laker who coached the Nets to the NBA Finals has great stories. He’s personable. He also can coach… at least in the short term. He tends to burn teams out after three years or so.

But it’s just hard to really handicap this race.

  1. rushbacker - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Come on, take George Karl. . . please.

  2. jimsjam33 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Lionel Hollins will stay in Memphis .
    Brian Shaw likes the Triangle , but he’s no Phil Jackson .
    We were led to believe Nate McMillian had a chance for the job . LOL never happen .
    George Karl isn’t going anywhere .
    Jerry Sloan is headed back to Utah .
    Jeff Van Gundy is not going to coach this year . Doesn’t want Howard in the next locker room .

    So……That leaves Byron Scott . Great choice . Hire him and get to work ! Oh yes , Ms. Shelbourne if you do not name your source , your information is worthless . You see , I have it on good authority from my source ( to remain nameless ) that Scott gets the job . Could it be the same source ? Darn that Chris Paul !

  3. Sports King of this world - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    I don’t like messing up a good thing. If the GM is the problem. Why get rid of the coach?

  4. mblue24 - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    They will get Shaw.

  5. jimsjam33 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Oops , there it is ! George Karl fired in Denver . Jump on it Clippers .

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