Joe-Pinions: Sports

30 June 2010 – Brian Shaw Update

Posted in Basketball by txtmstrjoe on 30/06/2010

It appears that Brian Shaw and/or his representatives read my previous blog entry, since Yahoo! Sports is reporting that coach Shaw has withdrawn himself from consideration for the Cavaliers’ head coaching search.

Funnily enough, Byron Scott now seems to be the Cavs’ new top contender, according to the same Y! Sports story referenced in the preceding sentence.

Of course, I’m just kidding about coach Shaw and/or his people having come across my musings, but I can’t help but believe that they probably believe the same things as I do.  To restate them, I think that the Cleveland head coaching job is a death trap for prospective head coaches.  To me, it’s quite obviously a moribund-franchise-in-waiting.  The only angle that makes sense to me for any serious head coaching prospect to consider taking that job is as a cash grab.  As such, it’s likely to be the final coaching job any interested candidate will ever pursue, whether willingly or unwillingly.

So, what does this all ultimately mean?  I think that there are two probabilities here for coach Shaw:

  1. He may return to the Lakers as a valued assistant coach (which means Phil Jackson has communicated his intention to return next year), with the promise of being the first candidate in line when Phil eventually leaves the coaching chair behind.
  2. He may return to the Lakers as the first candidate in line for the current head coaching vacancy (which means Phil Jackson has communicated his intention to finally retire).

I think that Phil Jackson is the key, the critical first domino that needs to fall which will determine the Lakers’ short-term future.  Of all the things in the NBA that are happening right now, “will Phil Jackson come back” is the question I’m personally most interested in.

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