UPDATE: This post was published before Luke Walton was hired to be the Lakers’ new head coach
Could Brian Shaw make a return to Los Angeles this summer?
While appearing on ESPN’s Greeny & Golic, former Laker John Salley spoke of how Shaw was “one of the best basketball minds I’ve been around as a player,” and argued his case for the former Denver Nuggets coach to land the L.A. job.
However, it doesn’t appear that Shaw will receive consideration for the Lakers’ head coaching position. Luke Walton will, though, and he’s currently the favorite to land the job.
“If they’re going to give [the job] to Luke, Luke is probably going to go and get B. Shaw and put him on his right side,” Salley said.
Is this sourced information by Salley or just a hunch? It’s hard to tell, but Shaw would certainly be a strong addition to Walton’s bench – if he gets the job, that is.
When Phil Jackson left the Lakers in 2011, Shaw was under consideration to be his replacement. He didn’t get the job, but he did go on to become the associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers, a role he thrived in.
Paul George was just one of the players who loved having Shaw on his bench, and he even tweeted out support for the 50-year-old after he was fired by the Nuggets earlier this year.
Don't understand how you can't play for B Shaw!
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) March 4, 2015
Being a rookie coach, Walton would certainly need a strong staff to solidify his bench. Adding Shaw would be a good place to start.