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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.

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