Brian Shaw on communication issues, Jim Buss, Phil Jackson, and more

July, 15, 2011
7/15/11
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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On Friday's Mason and Ireland Show on 710 ESPN, Andy and I interviewed at length Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, now the associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers.

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Andy and Brian speak with former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, talking about Jim Buss, communication problems, and how members of Phil Jackson's coaching tree are treated around the league.

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We'll break down the interview in more detail ASAP, but in the meantime, among the topics covered...:
  • Shaw says he learned Mike Brown would be the next head coach of the Lakers the same way most of us did -- via ESPN, and other outlets.
  • Disappointment in how the post-interview process was handled, and how he was hurt by the lack of communication from the front office. Shaw says he's spoken to Mitch Kupchak and received a voicemail from Jerry Buss, but still hasn't spoken to Jim Buss. Shaw did say he believes in hindsight, the Lakers would have handled the situation differently.
  • The depth of his relationship with Jim Buss.
  • Typically, when candidates don't get a head coaching job following an interview, some sort of explanation of why they fell short. Shaw regrets getting no such feedback.
  • Conventional wisdom says coming from the incredibly successful coaching staff of Phil Jackson would be an asset. Shaw says it's not the case, something he clearly finds offensive. "I've seen the faces of general managers cringe" when talking about his experience with Jackson and the triangle offense, Shaw says.
  • That it was his association with Jackson ultimately preventing him from getting the job in L.A..

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