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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.

  • poop

    lakers management behavior is eerily similar to lebron circa last july

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  • 123KID

    thats mad disrespect. not only did he contribute to laker titles as a player, but also as a member of the coaching staff. this has jim buss written all over it. dude needs to be put over someone’s knee and hit the sh*t out of. i understand he wants to get rid of everything that deals with phil, but if thats the case, then you might as well throw away all those championships cuz if it wasnt for him, we would still have del harris leading us to nowhere. 

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  • Jack Yang

    Jim Buss learns his manners from LeBron. What do you expect?

  • Sylvester Brunson

    no class at all owners want loyalty from staff but don’t give it…Kobe should be pissed that he didn’t use his leverage!…you’re the Franchise are you not?

  • TOM

    man, i hope this guy jim buss should put a side his egos and try not to turn this classy organization into the down hill. Hopefully, free agents still want to come to la

  • siliceo1

    thats why i dont care nor root for the fakers and takers that call them selfs lakers

    • Lbc Ya562

      Are u serious?….. You dont care or root for the “Fakers” yet you find time out of your busy schedule to come to a site devoetd SOLELY for Laker fans?….. gtfoh

      • kevin

        you OWNED that dude hahahaha i dont get how laker haters take the time to hate on them so much. I hate the celtics and i dont give a fuck about their websites I dont even type the word celtic on the google search bar

    • Cecil

      You could use help with your vocabulary, you sound like an illiterate idiot.

  • siliceo1

    just shows class is somthing your born with and not bought jim buss is a spoiled punk with a napolean complex

  • siliceo1

    you clowns that put what jim no class buss is doing with the lakers has nothing to do with labron james your comments and action smell of a boy you were just complaining about glad im not a laker fan you clowns all act alike you fans dont fall from the tree

  • Robert

    Duh!?!?  There’s a new sheriff in town.  And .. there may not even be a season next year.  This is par for the course for the ‘new’ direction in basketball.  1) clean house, 2) destroy a good thing: NBA has a lot of ‘personality’ stock in the players.  They are about to destroy that – that’s where their market is – why do they think people watch?  They want to see ‘Kobe’ play, or ‘Dirk’ play, or even ‘LeBron’ play.  Although there are big basketball fans (like me), many people want to see the stars play (the Lakers draw ‘big’ crowds in stadiums all across the US).

    So, the ‘new way’, is to ignore the personality part of the business, and treat it like there’s some type of intangible commodity that is ‘basketball’, independent of the players (and, staff!).  So the new caveat is, ‘get rid of old stuff – we don’t need it – we still got basketball’.  And the new sheriff exemplifies that.

    One more point:  Sorry Brian, they disrespected Kareem, one of the best players in history, AND for the Lakers.  Think they’re gonna treat you any better?

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  • Gotnba

    Jim Buss used to shovel Horse Sh*t at hollywood park!..that should tell you..