Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 9:41 am  |  6 responses

Rockets Interested in Lakers Assistant Brian Shaw

And the search for the new Rockets coach continues, as ESPN Los Angeles reports: “The Houston Rockets have requested permission to speak to Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw about their head coaching vacancy. Team rules restrict Lakers coaches from interviewing for another job while a playoff series is being played so Shaw will have to interview with the Rockets either Saturday or Sunday, or after the Lakers’ second-round series with the Dallas Mavericks is concluded. The Lakers and Mavericks play Game 1 on Monday at Staples Center. At practice on Saturday, Shaw said he has not heard from the Rockets personally and would prefer for the interview to take place later rather than sooner with his responsibilities prepping for the Mavs more pressing on his mind. Houston’s interest in Shaw was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Shaw, 45, has been a full-time assistant coach with the Lakers since the 2004-05 season and is considered to be a top candidate to replace Phil Jackson in Los Angeles when the 11-time championship winning coach retires. The Rockets parted ways with Rick Adelman after the 64-year-old coach went 193-135 in four seasons. Houston already brought in Kelvin Sampson, most known for his stints at Oklahoma University and Indiana University, to interview for the position.”

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  • Hursty

    I don’t see the attraction of Shaw as a coach. Not because of his age or the fact he’s with the Lakers, but because of his experience. He’s not even the head assistant coach of the Lakers. Just a more visible face on the bench.
    That said, I wouldn’t approve of hiring Woodson, Frank or Grimace either.
    The lesser of four evils I suppose.

  • MikeC.

    I wonder why Mark Jackson’s name isn’t riding the carousel this year. His name was all over every coaching vacancy the last couple of years. Maybe teams just don’t want to deal with him shouting “Mama there goes that man!” every time someone gets a layup in practice.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    make your money B-Shaw!!!

  • Waggle

    No way hell go to the rockets when he could potentially be the lakers head coach next season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Should have kept Adelman…

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    I keep wondering if maybe Adelman was the one who left the Rockets, and not the other way around. Is that possible or is it confirmed that he wanted to continue with Houston?