Brian Shaw recently talked with ESPN LA, after weeks of silence, and had this to say about being apart of the Lakers hiring process:
“I wasn’t really told anything,” said Shaw, who had the public backing of players Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, among others, to take over for Jackson. “Unfortunately, I found about not getting the job and who was hired for the job on ESPN. I didn’t really talk to anyone for about three weeks after that.”
In every line of work it seems professional and courteous to notify candidates the direction the company has decided to go in.
However, Brian Shaw is not just any candidate he should be considered Laker Family. A three time champion as a player, and won two more championships as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson.
All Shaw asked for is a little bit of respect in the process:
Shaw said he would have appreciated a call letting him know he wasn’t going to be hired, simply for the opportunity to gain feedback on where he might have gone wrong in the interview process.
“For whatever reason, there was a glitch in communication. … I’ve always had a great relationship and open line of communication with (general manager) Mitch Kupchak so I don’t think it came from there,” Shaw said. “We’ve always been on good terms and are still on good terms. I understand in his position there’s only so much that he can do even. He has people over his head that he has to follow directions. … Definitely there’s some room for improvement in terms of how … people are dealt with.” Shaw told ESPNLA.
The people over Kupchak’s head that Shaw is referring to most likely is Jim Buss who looks like he has the reigns of the Lakers franchise.
In this short off-season the Lakers front-office has been criticized for not consulting/notifying franchise player Kobe Bryant of the Mike Brown hire, not reaching out to long time employee Brian Shaw after the hire was made, and of course the firing of 20 year Assistant GM Ronnie Lester who said, “The Lakers are throwing employees out in the cold”. Referring to the 20 scouts, trainers, and video staff that were let go after the season.