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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  28 responses

Brian Shaw Criticizes the Lakers for Treatment of Phil Jackson


Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who has had his own unpleasant dealings with the Los Angeles Lakers’ management team, was critical of the organization for the way they treated Phil Jackson when hiring Mike D’Antoni instead. Per the LA Times: Brian Shaw was definitely surprised the Lakers didn’t hire Phil Jackson after firing Mike Brown this month. Shaw was particularly taken aback that they informed Jackson in a midnight phone call of their choice to hire Mike D’Antoni. ‘Under the circumstances, Phil Jackson, who’s been there and done that and put a lot of money in everybody’s pockets around here, the way it was done . . . it’s mind-boggling,’ Shaw said. ‘I was joking with him, at least you got a phone call, even though it was midnight. In 11 years he was coach here, he took the team to the Finals seven times and won five. I don’t know if any of the other 29 teams would have done him the way he was done [by the Lakers] after he had done so much for the organization and the city.’ Shaw won three championships as a Lakers player under Jackson and was part of two more on Jackson’s coaching staff from 2005 to ’11. Shaw returns to Staples Center on Tuesday as the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers, the right-hand man of Coach Frank Vogel. Shaw didn’t get a phone call from the Lakers after they fired Brown on Nov. 9. [...] Shaw interviewed to replace Jackson after the 2010-11 season. He found out he didn’t get the job after seeing media reports of Brown’s hiring.”

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  • roscoe

    Sounds like a bitter employee that was passed up for someone else. Good luck shaw.

  • http://twitter.com/Ram_Bam_Sam Ramon Behh

    as they say, it’s a business, you’re apparently not supposed to have feelings about these things…organizations will continue to do what they want

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Here here and yay verily.

  • spit hot fiyah

    buss was playing games with phil it seems like, and probably the only reason that shaw didn’t get a look is because of his connection with phil

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Jim Buss isn’t that great with doing business. Should have never contacted Phil if he never really wanted to hire him. You don’t do that to a man who’s accomplished the things he did as a coach.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Nope. He’s bitter because despite having 100% of player backing and having served the organization for a long time, Jim Buss wanted to eradicate the Lakers of all Phil-Jackson related influence (in 2011), and completely passed up on Shaw. Not only that, they didn’t even notify him or do basic courtesy calls etc. I would be bitter too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    That’s exactly it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Not only does he have poor basketball judgement (the hiring of Mike Brown over Brian Shaw, Rick Adelman, any other coach on the planet), but he also has poor people skills. If the winningest coach in NBA history tells you he needs till Monday to think it through, you f*cking wait 1 more day and make your decision.

  • roscoe

    Get real with the facts of life. shaw has no business being the head coach of the world’s most famous team.

    Stop believing the media’s hype and in santa b4 its too late.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    This is getting so repetitive…We get it, no one liked how the Lakers treated Phil, moving on…

  • Yep

    jim probably walked in on phil mid-mount on jeanie and can’t shake the image.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    ..why doesn’t he have any business coaching the Lakers? He knew the triangle inside and out, and has been backed by ego-driven players like Kobe, Shaq, etc. The locker room respected him, and the players wanted him to be the coach. You really think he wouldn’t have been a better fit than Mike Brown?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    no one could sum it up better than you man

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    lol damn man you’ve killed me on that one

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    well i can understand how brian feels but these nba guys they always talk about how the league is business but when something happens to them they complain for months.

  • Dutch Rich

    And there was no particular rush either with D’Antoni still on crutches and Bernie running the team like they were Loyola Marymount. I’m comfortable with the decision now but it still leaves a bad taste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/koombuy.pride Koombuy Pride
  • roscoe

    reality is… shaw isnt ready for a head coaching job…

    check this out… CHA passed shaw up… GSW passed shaw up… LAC passed shaw up… HOU passed shaw up… MIN passed shaw up… ORL passed shaw up…. SAC passed shaw up… should I keep going?

    mbrown had years of head coaching experience, including coaching the games current “beast” (ie Bron). he worked under Pop and took CLE to the finals like it or not. mbrown was a better option at the time.

    Are you sure the players wanted him or maybe they did not want to let him down hard…?

    imo i think shaw will get his shot one day and has a chance to do great.

  • theKomodo

    well done, sir.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If you know Kobe Bryant wants Brian Shaw, you hire Brian Shaw. Everyone who kept up with them that Phil was setting Shaw up to take over after he left. They won 5 championships with Phil coaching and Brian as a player and then an assistant. And then, they didn’t talk to Kobe at all and hired Mike Brown out of nowhere. Two stupid decisions. Jim Buss wanted Phil and his assistants gone. That’s it.

  • Lakerfan32

    Unfortunately Phil Jackson is the best coach at making adjustments during a playoff series. DAntonio is not of his caliber, nor is any other coach really. The Lakers will have problems in the playoffs, what a mistake not to hire him. D’Antonio has no thought process, just an up tempo game?! Really dumb.

  • roscoe

    I don’t necessarily agree… look at kb24′s demand to trade drew for kidd… things turned out well and now they are stacked for another run.

    clearly, it is a mistake for any front office to not consult w/ their superstar as you stated, but sometimes things are smoke & mirrors for us outsiders.

    but again, imo, shaw is not ready for a head coaching job as many other teams’ front office have not given him a job including ORL who loves shaw.

  • Jay

    Brian Shaw had no place coaching LA but Brown and Dantoni do? Shaw already knew the offense, all the players backed him, and he was mentored by the greatest coach ever. Shaw would have been perfect. All this is, is our owner having a play ground feud with Phil Jackson. I really don’t want an owner who makes business decisions based off of personal vendettas

  • Paul Robinson

    D Antoni is not the perfect fit. Keep running those mature Lakers and you will have 3 hurt men in the playoffs. To me D Antoni, like trump says your FIRED. Buss jerkoffs, 11 titles and you go with this nitwit.

  • Naky777

    Jim Buss , pass your ownership to your sister!!!

  • ROLLIN WITH {JESUS}

    MR.J.BUSS YOU DO KNOW THE LIFE AND DEATH IS IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE. PHIL JACKSON IS, WOULD’VE AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE HOTTEST COACH IN THE NBA AND BEST FIT FOR THE LAL. OUT WITH M.D.A AND IN WITH P.JACKSON. WRITE YOUR WRONG. {GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY} REMEMBER,WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND aka KARMA. {GOD BLESS YOU}

  • ROLLIN WITH {JESUS}

    SO DID MIKE BROWN. WE KNOW HOW THE TURNED OUT.

  • jose

    jim buss is an asshole

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