Brian Shaw top choice in Clippers' coaching search?
JUN 04, 2013 11:07p ET
But according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the head coaching matter, the former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst is “out of the running for the job," but Brian Shaw is not.
In fact, Shaw, the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers, has “gained momentum” in becoming the leading candidate in the Clippers’ search for a head coach, said two NBA executives Tuesday night.
The Clippers spoke to Shaw last week and then officially got permission from Indiana’s management Tuesday to interview him after the Pacers lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference playoffs to Miami on Monday night.
Shaw, who won three NBA championships as a player with the Lakers and two as an assistant coach with the team, has become an impressive candidate in the eyes of the Clippers’ front-office people, one executive said.
Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott also have spoken with the Clippers about the head coach opening and remain candidates.
Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins, whose job remains tenuous with the Grizzlies, also is a candidate for the job, according to an executive.
There have been reports that Denver coach George Karl is interested in the Clippers’ job, but the Clippers haven’t called the Nuggets to ask for permission to speak with their coach because he’s still under contract, according to several executives.
No face-to-face interviews had been set by the Clippers, but that could happen sometime this week.
— Broderick Turner
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