Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  22 responses

Brian Shaw: Phil Jackson Had Enemies in Lakers’ Front-Office

After getting passed over for the top coaching job in Laker-land, Brian Shaw landed in Indiana as an assistant to Frank Vogel. He tells SI that Lakers owner Jerry Buss son, Jim, is now completely in charge (*gulp*), and was no fan of Phil Jackson: “Shaw believed his experience in the triangle — supplemented by his understanding of other systems — would help him become the Lakers’ new coach when Jackson retired after their second-round sweep by the eventual champion Mavericks. Instead, Jackson was concerned for Shaw’s future in L.A., because Jim Buss was taking control of the Lakers from his father, Jerry Buss, the most successful owner of the NBA’s modern era. ‘Phil let me know going into the interview [with the Lakers] for me to almost disassociate myself from him, that anything that I said about him or the triangle system would hurt me because of his lack of relationship with Jimmy Buss,’ Shaw said. ‘So when I did interview, that was the point that I tried to make about the fact that I had played for Phil only my last four years, and that I played for all of these other coaches.’ They met at the home of Jerry Buss, where Shaw was interviewed by Jerry and Jim, along with general manager Mitch Kupchak. Shaw spoke of how he had been a point guard for six NBA franchises before finishing his career with the Lakers from 1999-2003. He mentioned that he had played USA Basketball in 1986 for Lute Olsen and had tried out for John Thompson’s 1988 Olympic team. Yet he found himself having to defend Jackson during the interview, he said. ‘There were some things that were said that I won’t really get into,’ Shaw said. ‘It was kind of bashing Phil Jackson, that I just refused to just sit and listen to. And that’s when I said, ‘Hey, I love Phil Jackson. I appreciate everything that we’ve all been able to accomplish under him. We’ve all prospered since he’s been the coach here.’ Told of Shaw’s comments, Kupchak said he and the Lakers will always appreciate Jackson’s 11 seasons. ‘Phil and I have a great relationship — I was with him two days ago and we sat down for an hour a week ago,’ Kupchak said. ‘We had been to seven NBA Finals and won five Finals with him, and this organization is eternally grateful to have had him as a coach. I don’t know what you’re referring to what took place in that meeting. I don’t even want to speculate. … Phil has been very, very good to this organization and city, and we are very, very grateful to have had him as coach. I consider him as a friend and somebody I owe a lot to personally.’ But Shaw says Kupchak wasn’t the one speaking poorly of Jackson. ‘The negativity toward Phil didn’t come from Mitch,’ Shaw said. ‘It was more from Jimmy Buss just doubting some of the decisions he made in terms of how he was handling and running the team and coaching the team on the sidelines, and sitting down instead of getting up. People look at coaches and want them to pace up and down the sidelines and bark instructions to the guys. That’s not Phil’s demeanor. That was viewed as a negative in my estimation — but it won him five championships with the Lakers and six with the Bulls, and that was his coaching style when he won, so why was that not acceptable now?’”

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  • Ali

    No shi*, Hahaha… When your good people hate, PERIOD! When you got some ememies your doing something right!

  • sk6

    Phil should reply with ” I slept with your sister”

  • robb

    Krause was his enemy too, but that didn’t stop him from winning 11 rings and yeah, he got Fredo Corleone’s sister too. The zen master laughs at his enemies

  • jayb

    jimmy is an idiot..i see it with the yanks..you can hate steinbrenner but he knew what he was doing..his sons are idiots..ditto for jimmy..he is going to cost la big time..i am a die hard laker fan but if jeannie does not handle bball operations..the lakers once kobe goes is going to look like la in the early and mid nineties before shaq and kobe…book it!

  • Zabbah

    We live in strange times when a man has to defend his eleven titles.

  • Red Star

    Could Jimmy not being a fan of Phil have something to do with Jeanie?

  • DieselMechanic

    @ Red Star I think you may be onto something.

  • DRU

    These are very believable quotes from Shaw. There had been plenty of reports about how they wanted to disassociate themselves from the Phil ERA. Thus going with a signing that caught people out of left field & ensured they team would be run completely different. SMH… sad really.

  • DRU

    Also (redstar) makes a very good point.

  • Josh

    Good lord, please Jim, please do not destroy this franchise. I have been so nervous for your takeover of my beloved team, I have been wary of your man crush on Andrew Bynum, and I can see that hate you have for Phil Jackson, the greatest coach in the history of the NBA. Don’t mess this up.. more.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Fear leads to pain, pain leads to anger, anger leads to suffering… suffering leads to the hiring of Mike Brown…

  • Chukaz

    What ever happened to “No Snitching”? I’m glad he’s gone from LA

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    @chukaz, thats a dumb statement, he clearly wasnt the problem

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaoooo dacre!

  • toner

    sk6′s comment FTW

  • jobber

    I wouldn’t be a fan of the guy boinking my sister either

  • Stefano

    Looking at PJ career and his method of play, he re-introduced a team play which was/is no more used in the league. To gain it he became the controller of the team and this is against GM and Owner in fact with either JK in Chicago and Jimmy Buss the relationship broken or never started because these guy risk to loose their importance in the organization. To avoid that happen they don’t renew the contract – firing after winning all those rings should put them in a risky and ridicoluos position. Since PJ try to keep his staff united all members are reflecting his influence all organizations have fear to keep those type of guy. There should one team that have to implement the triangle stating the words and results gained by its owner but instead to sign PJ or BS, he keeps a coach that never got positive results. This state that TRIANGLE means PJ and no one else. I’m really sorry for that because we loose one of the most beautiful way to play basket.

  • http://members.cox.net/pilight pilight

    Who cares about the Lakers? In Los Angeles, it is all about the Sparks, the real basketball team in the city. The Lakers are gay. Kobe Bryant is gay. Phil Jackson and Brian Shaw are gay. The best player in the history of LA basketball is Lisa Leslie.

  • Jelte

    Can’t slamonline delete posts from pilight? What an idiot.

  • jimmythesaint67

    pffffft LAL? LOL! .. R.I.P.

  • Patricia Pier

    Brian Shaw was in a difficult situation while with the Lakers; so many complex personalities in the front office. It is not wise to have intimate relationships with colleagues in the workplace and surprised me that someone as intelligent as PJ would be so irrational but then men often are controlled more by what is below the belt than above it. PJ was fortunate that he was in a field where anything goes unlike most professions. Brian put his loyalty to PJ ahead of his own interests. I believe he will be much happier in his new postion where hopefuuly there is not as many narcissistic persons.