Brian Shaw given permission to interview with the Cavs

The plot thickens.

Just days after Phil Jackson made known his possible intention to retire, Lakers Assistant Coach Brian Shaw has been granted a thumbs up to meet with the Cavaliers about their coaching vacancy. Lakers spokesman John Black confirmed a meeting in the works, but wasn't sure when it would take place.

Obviously, this adds a wrinkle to an already intriguing story. Shaw is one among precisely two people (the other being Byron Scott) considered a legit candidate to take over should PJ decide to step down. It's no surprise to hear of the Cavs' interest, between the championship pedigree of Shaw's resume and his reputation for being able to communicate with strong personalities. Ever since his playing days, the guy has felt like a head coach in the making. Thus, Shaw's name tends to swirl around the rumor mill every summer whenever gigs are being filled.

Given the strong signs Shaw's been groomed to eventually becomes the Lakers' head coach, I would be very surprised if he committed to the Cavs before Phil makes up his mind (unless he was told of contingency plans privately by the brass as a courtesy or just subscribes heavily to the "bird in the hand" philosophy). Still, I'll be keeping my eyes out for developments and putting out feelers.

Never a dull day in Laker Land.