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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 at 3:44 pm  |  33 responses

Brian Shaw Bashes Lakers’ Hiring Process

After being passed up for the Lakers’ head coach job in favor of Mike Brown, Brian Shaw was (well, is) understandably upset. He talked about the whole thing on ESPN radio, and iamagm compiled Beto Duran’s tweets on the matter, which you can read below:

Brian Shaw to @710ESPN on how he found out he wasn’t going to coach Lakers “found out about not getting job on ESPN”

Shaw didn’t talk to any Lakers front office until 3 weeks after decision

Brian Shaw “power that were making decisions, felt team needed a change of culture, new voice, head in new direction”

Shaw on being told Lakers needed change “found it peculiar, because in my 12 years gone to Finals 7 x and won 5 championships”

Shaw “felt like 29 other teams in league would love to have that culture, but there’s a change in power in who’s calling shots”

Shaw not blaming Kupchak for lack of communication “only so much he can do. Has people over his head and has to follow directions”

Shaw on Lakers not talking with him, Kobe, Ronnie Lester & others “room for improvement”

Brian Shaw too classy “way it was communicated is part that hurts, but if people in charge had to do it again, they’d do it different”

Brian Shaw on Jim Buss “Did get a voice mail from Dr.Buss which I appreciated. Not spoken at all with Jim Buss”

Shaw “last spoke with Jim during interview. Would like to have heard from horses mouth where I went wrong or thought process”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    SALTY

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^Lol @Tarzan Cooper…

  • Jer dawg

    It starts from the top. Bad PR by the new whipping boy of NBA ownership. F You, Ownership of Lakers.

  • dahon

    move on…

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspost.com The Philosopher

    And, I told y’all that Shaw has some issues…
    No matter what, one should never make an opinion publicly toward an employer that has afforded him such a pristine resume that can be construed as having intentions that may not be the best. Even if said employer is indeed wrong
    Would he have said that to Paul Allen?
    Idoub it. I can be wrong.
    He is an assistant with Indiana with a special title?
    Come on, Shaw. Weren’t you Larry Bird’s rookie in Boston? You mean to tell me that ol’ Bird won’t give you that gig?
    You don’t have it.
    VOGEL over YOU?
    AND you are Bird’s rookie?
    That tells you something.
    My bad, SLAM.

  • http://sfdjklf.cvom Jukai

    Ladies and gentlemen: more baseless assumptions by the Philosopher

  • ogog

    i would have problems too if i was associated with lakers…bringing in keuster…any detroit fans know how f*cking sh*t he is at anything basketball related.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    That’s an absolutely stupid assertion, Philosopher. Owing loyalty to someone who’s done you wrong may as well be fealty. You should haul your sense of ethics into the last half-milennia.

  • SikhWitIt

    B-Shaw was the best candidate for this position as he had the respect of the varied personailities on this team. Mike Brown will flounder under the hot lights.

  • Chukaz

    if phil jackson and his triangle offense couldn’t get the lakers back to the finals, do you think brian shaw could do it with the same offense. phil had tex winter (da guy that invented the triangle) as his assistant for many years. think about it. this guy won 11 championships using the triangle offense and he still had tex winter on his staff. would brian shaw get it done with that offense without phil or tex? i don’t think so. i wouldn’t even say he’s a better coach than kurt rambis. this team is on win now mode. we can’t afford to have a rookie coach. mike brown was a better candidate. this guy didn’t land a head coaching job anywhere. why is that? there were plenty of openings. lakers, warriors, pistons, rockets, pacers, raptors, and now the timberwolves. the lakers are the best team of the bunch. if he couldn’t land the smaller jobs why would he land the laker gig? you’re not good enough for 5 non playoff teams and one that barely snuck in and you think your gonna land the best job in the league?

  • jay

    @Chukaz

    Your wrong about lakers being a better team I’m a timber fan so I think timbers are better sirr!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Chukaz…..you’re crazy. Mike Brown freakin’ sucks.

  • BAWSE

    Kurt Rambis got a shot at a head coaching gig but Shaw couldnt?

  • Hambone

    Goin to my car….get my other gun…..shoot everybody

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I’m not saying that Shaw has to show loyalty. When did I say that? The Lakers didn’t publicly throw Shaw under the bus, so why should he do that? Because he’s upset? That’s understandable.
    As is such, he is an ASSISTANT… under Frank Vogel. A man with no pedigree as compared to B. Shaw.
    All I’m saying is that if Shaw was “that guy”, he would be a head coach somewhere.
    He referenced his pedigree. He referenced the culture of the Lakers that he was a part of.
    Shaw says 29 other teams would like that culture and pedigree. One would figure that Shaw would be a lock to coach the Lakers. Or somewhere else. But no, Mike Brown AND Frank Vogel (FRANK VOGEL) were chosen over him.
    Again, then why isn’t he a head coach somewhere? Why is he an assistant with some “title” on Larry Bird’s watch? The same Larry Bird that Shaw carried bags for in the 80′s.
    He doesn’t have it. That’s why.
    He is a nag, and he turns players off with his grating, boring, and aloof style.

  • JaiDaveon

    This headline is so misleading and the comments are even worse. He did not “bash” the Lakers. He’s too classy to do that and handled this perfectly. There is nothing wrong with the statements that he made about ownership or the process. I expect he’ll be a head coach in the league in the near future.

    As a Laker fan I was definitely open to Shaw as head coach. I am also of the opinion that Jim Buss is going to ruin the franchise or Dr. Buss will have to save it from his son after a while and pass it on to Jeannie like he should have in the first place.

  • mel counts

    How many rings did Shaw win with the Lakers as both a player and a coach? There are very few coaching jobs in the NBA and the lakers gave you a chance. After seeing an overmatched, outplayed Laker team in the playoffs, and watching Coach Jackson barely being able to walk. The Triangle offense really looked old and tired last year. It is time for everything related to it to be let go. Including Coaches. Such is life. I can give you one word of workplace advice Mr. Shaw it is best not to burn your bridges IN THE WORKPLACE.

  • Steve G

    The Lakers owed Shaw at least a phone call about their plans. Jim Buss acted pretty much like LeBron James did last year about his decision, essentially lying to Cleveland until they found out in his ESPN press conference. The Lakers did not owe Shaw an opportunity to coach, just like LeBron did not owe Cleveland the rest of his baskteball career for drafting him. But both the Lakers and LeBron demonstrated a lack of class by the way they did things. I love the Lakers, but I am embarassed.

  • http://infostations,net richard heer

    B R I A N SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE COACHES JOB,BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME,

  • wandrae3

    Some of the comments are about as stupid as the individuals writing them, remember Brian Shaw came in and when Kobe wouldn’t give the ball to anyone else including Fisher Shaq told Kobe give him the ball and they won. What makes everyone believe that because he was on Phil’s staff that the triangle would’ve been continued. Shaw I think was smart enough to take the good from the triangle and incorporate it into his own gameplan give him some credit. He played with Larry Bird in the beginning and if you remember left and went to Europe and I give Bird credit in giving Brian a chance on Vogel’s staff and he was nice not slamming Kupchak lets see what they do for Rambis who is one of their boys make him a asst coach or put him on the management staff so when and me when Brown screws up make him the coach.

  • http://norcojim jim malarky

    Does anyone really care? I’m sure he was well paid as an assistant coach. Its a friggin business. Life is cruel sometimes. How many reasons do you think were given to Kurt Rambis by Minnetonka?

  • Goldenone

    I am not so sure about Brian’s ability to coach the Lakers? I like him from what I have scene, however his toughness is questionable? I don’t quite get the Mike Brown decision however he’s better than the other coaches that were about to be recycled. Rick Adelman, Mike Dunleavy etc. (remember Rudy T.) not good choices for the Laker franchise. I believe the best man got the job. Especially since Krzyewski was not available.

  • Tim Lawson

    BRIAN SHAW HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO COACH ANYWHERE IN THE NBA ! JIM BUSS IS A DELUSIONAL IDIOT, AND I KNOW JERRY BUSS IS GETTING OLD AND TIRED BUT HE WOULD HAVE MADE A BETTER DECISION BY PUTTING JEANIE BUSS IN CHARGE, AS OPPOSED TO JIM ! JIM BUSS IS LIKE A YOUNG CHILD THAT RECEIVED A TOY THAT HE’S TOO YOUNG AND IMMATURE TO HAVE ! NO GOOD WILL COME TO THE LAKERS WITH JIM CALLING THE SHOTS ! IF THE LAKERS WANTED TO KEEP THE TRIANGLE, OR GO WITH ANOTHER OFFENSE BRIAN SHAW COULD HAVE LED THEM EITHER WAY ! THESE PEOPLE THAT KEEP CALLING FOR KURT RAMBIS AS LAKER HEAD COACH JUST DONT GET IT ! RAMBIS IS NOT HEAD COACH MATERIAL ! HOW MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES IS HE GOING TO GET BEFORE PEOPLE FIGURE IT OUT ? I THINK MIKE BROWN IS A DECENT COACH BUT IF HE DOES’NT GET THE JOB DONE HE’LL BE OUT OF HERE FASTER THAN AN F-14 TOMCAT ! AS A LIFELONG, DIEHARD LAKER FAN I AM AFRAID OF WHAT THE FUTURE HAS IN STORE FOR THIS FRANCHISE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF JIM BUSS !

  • JZ

    I never felt Shaw was the right guy. Just because you’ve been around a long time dose not entitled you to the top job. The Triangle offense was getting played out under Phil, it’s time to move on. Mike Brown may not be the best coaching choice, but the only choice. Who else would you send in? Mike was a head coach for several years, Shaw was not.

  • Watchdogg

    B-Shaw. Like with the Dodgers, disingenuous dealings, you were left to dangle. We die hard Lakers fans, since the early 60′s appreciate what you have done as both a player and an asst. coach. You could not have performed more admirably my man. So it is with disgust, I say, the Lakers could learn from our women’s soccer national team. They may have lost, but they can hold their heads high. The Lakers’ franchise has offended staff, fans, devoted and loyal afficianados. There will be a price to pay. You can take that to the bank with you.

    Best of luck. B-shaw. Thanks for all you did.
    Watchdogg…tellin’ it the only way I know…
    Dogg-E-Style

  • chris

    The whole thing is sad for me (being a Lakers’ fan).

    Jim is obviously running things now and not doing a good job at it. He doesn’t include Kobe on the decision to hire a coach, he doesn’t tell Shaw he’s not being considered for the job, and tries to remove all traces of Phil. WHAT?!!!

    All of those decisions are poor and sounds like a little kid demanding that everything is done their way and no one else is allowed any credit.

    And I’m still surprised Jerry Buss would allow this to happen. Jim had no interested in the Lakers when his dad asked him to be a part of the organization and didn’t change his mind until he went belly up with his horse racing ventures and the Sparks. I prefer Jeanie over him, personnally.

  • imsouptight

    Brian Shaw deserved atlease a phone call from somebody. Regardless if you wanted him or not. Communication makes any relationship work. The Lakers didn’t tell Kobe anything either. He’s the man that puts people in their seats. I’m a diehard Lakers fan also..but the Lakers are not showing respect to anybody. It’s mainly Jim Buss. Respect Brian Shaw..he did make some key baskets for a championship. Respect Kobe,he’s the Black Mamba. I still didn’t think they should of gotten rid of Robert Horry after he missed that shot against San Antonio. What happened..he joined the Spurs and won two more championships. We’ll see about Mike Brown. He always looks like somebody farted on the sideline.

  • http://yahoo Mr. Anthony J. Guay

    Just take note: Lakers is a corporate sports team, to be a Coach in any sports team has temporal contract base tenure. Its made to it. If you are not hire JUST MOVE ON WITHOUT HARD GOFFS, “burning bridges” will develop with unpleasant repercussion not worth it.

  • john

    I don’t understand the Lakers thought process in this decision. If there is any blame to be passed out on the Lakers decline it should be rested squarely on the heads of Mitch and Jim. They gave the players to Phil for the team. There are a lot of current personnel that do not match with the current Big Three trend in the league. There is Kobe and then not much else. Odom is more concerned with being a Kardashian than a Laker and Bynum is not the answer in the middle. Howard will eat him alive for the next 15 years. They need to retool. Brown is not the answer. He was not the answer in Cleveland. Brian may not be the answer but at least he is longterm Laker with a pedigree. He deserves a chance. Tex Winter is longtime friend of mine. He likes Shaw. In Chicago he stood up for an old-hippie, non-conformist, assistant under Doug Collins to be promoted to head-coach when he was an advisor to Jerry Krauss. Krauss had his doubts but had faith in Tex’s judgement. It was Phil Jackson of course. I have learned few things for sure in 66 years. One of them is Tex is seldom (if ever)wrong when it comes to the game. The Triangle is responsible for 11 NBA Championships. Shaw is probably the master in the NBA working along side Tex and Phil for all those years as a player and later as a coach. Aside from Kobe there is not much left on the Lakers that I have any draw to. When he is gone that will be it for me. I think I’ll email him and tell him. This is the first time I have said that out loud. No more Kobe, no more Shaq, no more Chick, No more me. I still love Stu but he’ll get over it.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^^

  • Justin

    The triangle looked old and tired? Wow, what a ridiculous statement. That offense has been around for decades and like john said, it’s responsible for 11 championships. Not too bad if you ask me. It was the players that looked old and tired, and they just didn’t have the talent or depth to match up with the Mavericks

  • albert

    Hmmm….the Lakers had a capable and poplular African American coach on their existing staff. Instead of hiring him, they went outside the organization to hire a man who used to be in charge of video editing for the Cavaliers…A man who never even played in the NBA.

    This is clearly a prime example of the fact that racism is still alive and well in the NBA.

  • widman

    B. Shaw Is a Champion. He pushed the LA to three titles. Sorry to see you go. Good Luck in Indiana. Forever Laker Fan

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