As the Los Angeles Lakers are in the rebuilding process and is in a transition they are also in a tug-of-war with the Indiana Pacers in getting the services of former Denver Nuggets coach Brain Shaw to be included in their coaching staff.
For the Lakers, they want incoming rookie head coach Luke Walton to be surrounded by experienced members of his coaching staff and Shaw would be a right fit for the job. However, the 50-year old former Laker also has another suitor in the person of Pacers head coach Nate McMillan.
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, as Walton and the Lakers are trying to convince Shaw, McMillan is also offering Shaw the same position. If Shaw decides to go with Walton, he is tasked to take over in the meantime until Walton finishes his contract with the Golden State Warriors, who are taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
“In the meantime, Walton is continuing to try and convince Brian Shaw to join his Lakers coaching staff. But Shaw is also being wooed by new Pacers head coach Nate McMillan for a similar position, according to sources. Ideally, Shaw would serve as Walton’s proxy in L.A. during the Predraft workouts,” Aldridge writes.
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak sees Shaw fitting the role with Walton perfectly. As Aldridge noted, Walton is unable to be around while the Lakers conduct their pre-draft workouts. Although the Lakers brass is recording footage and sending it all to Walton, having a trusted assistant there would surely ease the process.
After his coaching stint with the Nuggets, Shaw’s name came up as possible candidates for the New York Knicks job, but he told ESPN that he is not expecting any call from Knicks president of basketball operations and former mentor Phil Jackson or from any of the Knicks top brass as he knows that Kurt Rambis is still within the organization before they announced the hiring of Jeff Hornacek.
“Kurt Rambis is there,” Shaw said on SportsCenter in explaining why he doesn’t anticipate to be interviewed. “He’s very adept at running the triangle, and if Phil Jackson wanted a coach that’s going to run that system for him, he has a guy that’s there that he has confidence in. So I don’t see him bringing in somebody else who has the knowledge of that system when he already has somebody there.”
Now that there are offers from the Lakers and the Pacers, Shaw is weighing his options and both teams are hoping that Shaw would choose wisely.
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