At this point, it should be one of the Lakers worst kept secretes. Since taking a seat next to Phil five years ago, Brain Shaw’s been groomed as a possible heir apparent. With Phil Jackson’s career coming to a possible end (whether it be this season, or two seasons from now), we’re all wondering if Shaw is ready.

New York Times: In a pivotal moment of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009 title run, Brian Shaw drew a blank, literally and deliberately, with a hint of creative mischief.

The Lakers had a 3-1 lead in the N.B.A. finals and gathered for one last meeting before Game 5 in Orlando. Shaw, the Lakers’ youngest assistant coach, was the designated strategist for the series, charged with diagramming plays and underlining directives on a dry-erase board. Except on this night, when Shaw flipped the board around, it was shiny and blank.

Players stared. Coach Phil Jackson was puzzled.

“You don’t have anything on the board?” Jackson asked.

No, Shaw did not. The time for X’s and O’s and meticulously drawn halfcourt sets, he believed, had passed. Instead, Shaw talked about Pau Gasol’s passion, Kobe Bryant’s dynamism and Lamar Odom’s versatility, until he had gone through the lineup and roused every ounce of belief in the room.

Then the Lakers went out and crushed the Magic and claimed the championship.

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  • 242LakerFan

    I don’t think this is worth thinking about till Phil makes his decision next week.

  • Robert

    I think we all know what Phil will do if the Lakers DON’T WIN IT ALL THIS YEAR.
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    Hey 242, I’m still agitated about Thursdays gaffe. Maybe I’m too upset to think straight. Can you please provide some helpful insight to encourage us (esp. me) to believe that the Lakers WILL WIN IT ALL? I don’t think it’s ‘anything goes’, but I’m still concerned. The Lakers are clearly a better team. What do you think we should expect?

    • 242LakerFan

      Robert, to me it comes down to two main things: intensity and focus.
      Intensity is needed from more than just Kobe and FIsh. When Kobe starts feeling that his intensity is not being matched by the rest of the team, he starts pushing too hard and he makes mistakes, he loses focus. People like Lamar and Artest especially sem to have been coasting through most of G4. In Lamar’s case his offense was fine, but he couldn’t guard anyone. Ron…well….
      And everyone needs to attack the rim, and attack with the conviction that “I’m getting two points or a foul or both!” I saw way too many TO’s from driving, then kicking out and either getting the ball stolen or faking out the bigs and getting a 3 second call.
      The other thing is focus. Concentration. We got really sloppy with the ball and the Celdicks are too busy on defense to get away with that.
      All that said, there are things on our side, too. This team does seem to focus better in tied series. I forget how many times but the last several times we’ve been tied in a series we’ve won the next game. Plus, we are still in control of this series with two of three at home. If they can block out the last four games and see it as that, they have a good place to start from mentally.
      The last and best thing we have going for us is that we have the best coach in history, one of the best players in history, the most skilled big man in the game today and the toughest, most clutch point guard we’ve had since Magic. We are the champions, my friend.

    • Robert

      242, thanks for your insights! I hope one (or more) of the Lakers read this (yeah right), and get the idea. Maybe Phil needs to read this too.

  • cqc_NastyN8

    UM no.

    1. Shaw is to young and Kobe might respect him when he was a player, but sure as hell wont as a coach. You need someone who’s more of a mentor and a leader. Shaw don’t have that yet.
    2. Byron Scott is the best person for the job when Phil leaves. He already has a history with the team. He knows Kobe and the players well enough to have their respect. Hes gotten teams to the playoffs and finals before. So I see him as the number one person in my book.

    • 242LakerFan

      Have you ever watched footage from practices and seen the interaction between Kobe and BShaw? I see them talking intensely about what’s happening on the floor. They both look like coaches. At this point, Kobe doesn’t need someone to mentor him. He practically is a coach on the sidelines anyway.
      I agree that Scott would be my first choice, though. I’ve sais so before. Coop would be second on my list. They are proven commodities. But I wouldn’t automatically rule out Shaw.

  • WINLESS

    I think it’s proven that the triangle wins championships given that it’s executed well enough. I don’t see Kobe wanting to get away at what’s been proven to win championships. The beauty of the offense is the ball movement and players moving without the ball. This creates so many options that teams have historically had trouble defending, but like I said, it comes down to execution of the offense.

    No one out there knows this offense better than Brian Shaw, plus given his pedigree of ‘been-there-done-that’ experience, players will respect him for what he’s accomplished. Byron Scott is just as fine a choice as B-Shaw but since Kobe has been in this offense pretty much his entire career, I don’t think he’ll be as receptive as you all think he’ll be. I know Scott has taken teams in the Finals before but last I checked they didn’t win it all. To KB, it’s all or nothing. There is no ‘we’re happy enough to make it to the Finals’. So I think Brian Shaw is the best candidate out there after PJ leaves.

  • Robert

    Byron Scott is on the A list for coaching Cleveland. Not sure what is happening there (Izzo was on the list too, but is hedging until July 1st, when more things can happen, like LeBron deciding where to go). Scott would coach Cleveland with or without LeBron, but a decision hasn’t been made there.
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    I also think he’s happy to wait until Phil decides what to do. But of course, if Kobe wants to keep the triangle, Shaw is the best bet. And if he either ‘doesn’t care’, or ‘wants to try another offense’, then Scott would work great there. (Yes, there was 1/2 year without the Triangle, in 2005, so maybe Kobe has already tested other offenses).

    • WINLESS

      Yeah I remember the Rudy T. days, and I mean days! Teams will be able to concentrate more on defending Bryant and that will make us mediocre just like the rest of the league like Miami with D-Wade and Cleveland with LeBitch and so on…A one man show with nothing to show for but meaningless numbers. To the Black Mamba, that doesn’t mean anything anymore. He and the rest of us Lake Show fans are all about championships. It’s only logical to stick to something that’s been proven to get rings. But then again, being as a fierce competitor Bryant is, he’d probably relish the challenge but I don’t think he’ll want to do that at this point of his career. Maybe in the earlier years he would have, but not it’s All or Nothing for him. (and for us)